Comrie Shines in Americans Comeback Victory Over Rockets 3-2

Doug Love

Kennewick, WA- Even if the first two periods are bad, there is always a third period.

The Tri-City Americans (14-7-1-1, 30 pts) scored three goals in the third period and a stellar performance by Eric Comrie allowed Tri-City to come from behind to edge the Kelowna Rockets (12-7-1-1, 26 pts) 3-2 in front of 3,769 at the Toyota Center.

Comrie was lights out in goal, stopping a season high 41 shots to earn the first star award.

This is the third straight win at home against the Rockets continuing the streak from last season. It is the second time this season the Americans have won when trailing after two periods, with the other win coming at Prince Albert when the Americans came from behind and won in a shootout 2-1.

The Rockets dominated the first period, out shooting the Americans 16-9. The Americans had the lone power play in the period but couldn’t convert. Both teams had some good chances, with Connor Rankin and Kelowna’s Madison Bowey having chances at the doorstep, but neither team could score a goal as the period ended with no goals after one.

But the Americans could not hold off the Rockets in the second period. The Rockets continued controlling the puck and dominated the second period, outshooting the Americans 14-5. Kelowna got on the board on a Myles Bell slap shot to give them a 1-0 lead. Kelowna would add to the lead midway through the second as Ryan Olsen put home a rebound to increase the lead to two. Americans never had a great chance to score as they entered the third period down by two.

The Americans would come alive in the third period as they killed off a power play to start the period, and then swung the momentum in their direction as Parker Bowles scored on a breakaway to cut the lead to one. And the Ams would tie the game on the power play 5:49 into the third as Rankin would put home a rebound. Tri-City would take their first lead of the game as Beau McCue fed Justin Feser in front of the net for a goal with just over five minutes left in the game.

Kelowna pressed in the final minutes of the third, but couldn’t get it by the brick wall that was Comrie on this night, as the Americans held on for the 3-2 victory.

With the goal, Feser pulls within one goal of tying Dylan Gyori for seventh on the Americans all-time goals list. Bowles ends a 12 game streak without a point with his goal.

Kelowna goalie Jordon Cooke stopped 19 shots in the loss.

Tri-City will hope for an encore outcome tomorrow night as they take on the Kelowna Rockets for the second straight game at the Toyota Center. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. NewsTalk 870 will broadcast the game beginning at 6:45 p.m. with the pregame show. WHL Live will stream the game online starting at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the Toyota Center Box Office, at any Fred Meyer outlet, at any Ticketmaster location or online at Ticketmaster.com.   

Jack in the Box Three Stars:
1. Eric Comrie, Tri-City

2. Myles Bell, Kelowna
3. Parker Bowles, Tri-City


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Playoff Stats

Goalie GP W SO GAA SV%
Eric Comrie 5 1 0 3.46 0.917
Evan Sarthou 0 0 0 0.00 0.000
Player G A PTS PIM
Jessey Astles 1 0 1 2
Parker Bowles 1 2 3 4
Brandon Carlo 0 1 1 8
Ty Comrie 0 0 0 0
Jordan Davies 0 0 0 0
Morgan Geekie 0 0 0 0
Matthew Gelinas 0 0 0 0
Justin Gutierrez 1 3 4 2
Justin Hamonic 1 0 1 6
Riley Hillis 0 0 0 0
Justin Marreck 0 0 0 0
Devon McAndrews 0 0 0 0
Beau McCue 0 1 1 0
Lucas Nickles 0 0 0 4
Jackson Playfair 0 0 0 2
Michal Plutnar 0 0 0 2
Braden Purtill 0 0 0 2
Rodney Southam 0 0 0 0
Josh Thrower 0 0 0 5
Mitch Topping 0 2 2 4
Philip Tot 3 4 7 0
Taylor Vickerman 0 0 0 0
Brian Williams 3 2 5 4
Parker Wotherspoon 0 2 2 2
Standings
  • B.C. Division |
  • Central Division |
  • East Division |
  • U.S. Division |
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Kelowna Rockets 72 57 11 0 4 118
Victoria Royals 72 48 20 1 3 100
Vancouver Giants 72 32 29 7 4 75
Prince George Cougars 72 27 37 3 5 62
Kamloops Blazers 72 14 53 2 3 33
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Edmonton Oil Kings 72 50 19 2 1 103
Calgary Hitmen 72 48 17 3 4 103
Medicine Hat Tigers 72 44 24 3 1 92
Kootenay Ice 72 39 28 2 3 83
Red Deer Rebels 72 35 32 1 4 75
Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 12 55 2 3 29
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Regina Pats 72 39 26 4 3 85
Swift Current Broncos 72 38 25 3 6 85
Brandon Wheat Kings 72 34 29 6 3 77
Prince Albert Raiders 72 35 32 3 2 75
Moose Jaw Warriors 72 21 42 3 6 51
Saskatoon Blades 72 16 51 2 3 37
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Portland Winterhawks 72 54 13 2 3 113
Seattle Thunderbirds 72 41 25 2 4 88
Everett Silvertips 72 39 23 7 3 88
Spokane Chiefs 72 40 26 3 3 86
Tri-City Americans 72 29 33 4 6 68