Gutierrez, Williams Each Score Two, Americans Squash Thunderbirds 5-1

John Allen

Kennewick, WA- Tri-City wanted to start off their four-game home stand on a strong note.

Justin Gutierrez and Brian Williams each scored two goals, helping the Tri-City Americans (28-17-1-2, 59 pts) earn a 5-1 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds (18-27-2-1, 39 pts) in front of 3,449 at the Toyota Center.

Tri-City has won three straight against the Thunderbirds and won two in a row overall.

Seattle came out strong, outshooting and outplaying the Americans in the first half of the first period. But the Americans would pick up their play and get on the board first. Williams would fire a rebound into the net on the power play to make it 1-0 Americans. Seattle outshot the Americans 12-8 in the first period, but it was the Americans with the one goal lead after one.

Tri-City turned it on in the second period. It started early as Williams would score again on a great feed from Justin Feser on a 2-on-1. Less than a minute later, Gutierrez would redirect a shot into the goal to make it 3-0 Americans. Wil Tomchuk would score his first WHL goal midway through the period as he fired the puck toward the net, bouncing the puck off two Seattle defenseman and past Danny Mumaugh to make it 4-0. Seattle would end the Americans’ shutout hopes, as Alexander Delnov would score on a 5-on-3 power play at 14:08 to cut the Tri-City lead to three heading into the third period.

The third period was relatively quiet, with Seattle outshooting Tri-City 7-4. The Americans would cap off the win as Gutierrez would score his second goal of the game late in the third to put the Thunderbirds away for good.

With the power play goal, the Americans continued their hot streak on special teams. They were 1 for 2 on the power play, making them 11 of 22 on the power play in the last six games. The Americans also held the Thunderbirds to just one power play goal on seven chances, including two 5-on-3 chances.

Feser had two assists tonight, which brings his point streak to 10 games.

Tri-City will welcome an unfamiliar foe to the Toyota Center on Jan. 25 as the Medicine Hat Tigers (23-22-2-1, 49 pts) make their lone appearance at the Toyota Center. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. Tri-City defeated the Tigers last season in Medicine Hat 4-3 in a shootout with Feser scoring the game winner. Derek Ryckman will make his return to the Toyota Center after playing for the Americans last season. NewsTalk 870 will broadcast the game beginning at 6:45 p.m. with the pregame show. WHL Live will stream the game online at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the Toyota Center Box Office, any Fred Meyer outlet, at any Ticketmaster location or online at Ticketmaster.com.

Jack in the Box Three Stars:
1. Brian Williams, Tri-City

2. Justin Gutierrez, Tri-City
3. Luke Lee-Knight, 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
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  • 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