McCue Ties the Game Late but Americans Fall 5-4 in Shootout

Kent, WA-  Beau McCue scored the game  tying goal with 26 seconds remaining in regulation, but the Tri-City Americans’ (1-2-0-1 3pts) fell to the Seattle Thunderbirds (3-0-0-0 6 pts)  5-4 in a shootout Friday night at the Showare Center.  

The Americans carried the momentum early in the game, outshooting the Thunderbirds 7-0 in the first five minutes of play. But it was Seattles’ Branden Troock who opened the scoring to steal that momentum away at the 8:22 mark of the first period.

Brian Williams tied the game for the Americans on a beautiful feed from Justin Hamonic. The pass sent Williams on a breakaway where he lifted the puck past Justin Myles to tie the game at one. Tri-City would later take the lead on a Connor Rankin power play goal at 14:58.

The lead would be short lived as Connor Honey made the Americans pay for a Parker Wotherspoon penalty, scoring on the ensuing power play just 52 seconds after Rankin had given Tri-City the lead.  

The Thunderbirds would regain its lead at 8:28 of the second period when Alexander Delnov found the back of the net off of an Eric Comrie rebound. But once again the Americans were able to fight its way back. Rankin carried the puck up the ice and found Williams for his second of the night. The goal was Williams fifth in his last two games.

Seattle added a late marker at 17:07 of the second period, when Seth Swenson followed Matthew Barzal to the front of the net, back handing the loose puck past comrie to give the Thunderbirds the 4-3 advantage after 40 minutes of play.

Scoring chances were limited in the third period, but with Comrie on the bench for the extra attacker Scott Eansor took a delay of game penalty, giving the Americans a two man 6-on-4 power play with 34 seconds remaining in regulation. McCue wasted little time, tying the game for Tri-City just eight seconds later.
Both teams had excellent scoring chances in the overtime period, but the goaltenders stood their ground sending the game into a shootout.

After Comrie stopped the first three Thunderbird shooters, Philip Tot had an opportunity to win the game for the Americans. But his hard shot from in between the faceoff circles rang off the cross bar to extend the game. The shootout would go to the fifth round when a Roberts Lipsbergs goal followed by a Myles save on Lucas Nickles sealed the victory for Seattle.

Comrie kept the Americans in it with several key stops throughout the game finishing with 32 saves. Myles picked up his second win of the season and matched Comrie’s with 32 save effort.

The Americans will be right at it again tomorrow night when it travels to Spokane to take on the Chiefs for the second meeting of the season. Tri-City will be looking to return the favor by spoiling the Chiefs home opener in front of a live TV audience.

Jack In Box Three Stars

1) Branden Troock- Seattle
2) Brian Williams- Tri-City
3) Alexander Delnov -Seattle

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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