Rockets Drop Americans at Home 4-1

Kennewick, WA- The Tri-City Americans (14-11-0-2, 30 pts.)  struggled to get its offense going, getting outshot 46-19 in a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Kelowna Rockets (17-3-0-2, 36 pts.) Friday night at the Toyota Center.

The loss snapped the Americans six-game winning streak at home, dating back to the 4-1 victory against the Swift Current Broncos on October 22.

Evan Sarthou, who was making consecutive starts for the first time in his WHL career, allowed three goals on 45 shots. The 16-year-old net minder has a 2.25 goals against and a 0.933 save percentage in six appearances for the Americans.

Teams played to a scoreless tie until Wil Tomchuk’s penalty at 9:15 put the Americans a man short for the first time. Tri-City managed to kill the penalty, but Rourke Chartier deflected Damon Severson’s shot through the legs of Sarthou to give Kelowna a 1-0 lead before Tomchuk had time to get back in the play. Madison Bowey extended the Rockets lead 1:14 later scoring on the rebound after Sarthou had made the original save.

Sarthou kept his team in the game throughout the second period making numerous big stops to keep the score at 2-0. The Rockets outshot the Americans 15-4 in the middle frame but the Kelowna’s lead was just two goals after 40 minutes of play.

Tri-City had an opportunity to cut the Rockets’ lead in half just minutes into the final period, but the Americans fast break was denied by Jordon Cooke. Bowey gave Kelowna a 3-0 lead at the 5: 27 mark of the third period for his second goal of the game.

After Colton Heffley took a high sticking penalty at 12:15, head coach Jim Hiller made a strategic move in an effort to get his team back in the game, by pulling his goaltender to give the Americans a 6-4 man advantage. However, the move would back on the Americans when Kelowna gained control of the puck and scored shorthanded on the empty net 13 seconds after Sarthou had left the game.

Tri-City cut into the lead on the same power play when Brian Williams one timed a centering feed from Connor Rankin to put the Americans on the board at 13:58 of the third period. But that was the only offense the team would come up with.

The goal was Williams’ 20th tally of the season, tying the California native’s single season high which he set in 66 games last season.  
The Americans conclude another busy weekend of hockey tomorrow when it takes on the Spokane Chiefs (16-8-0-01, 33 pts.) in a big U.S. Division contest at the Spokane Veterans Memorial tomorrow night at 7:05. Fans can catch all the action live, via WHL Live, at the Americans’ official home away from home, Kimo’s in Richland.


Jack In Box Three Stars

1) Madison Bowey, Kelowna
2) Nick Merkley, Kelowna
3) Evan Sarthou, 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