By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
Scoring the first goal of the game has reaped big rewards for the Tri-City Americans this season.
Phil Tot scored with 30.3 seconds left in overtime as the Americans rallied for a 3-2 win Saturday night over the Everett Silvertips before a crowd of 4,127 at Toyota Center.
“Since my time here, I’ve been part of some pretty special victories and this is one of them,” said Tri-City coach Jim Hiller, whose team improved to 16-2-1-1 when netting the first goal. “You always want to work hard. Sometimes you work hard and don’t get the win, so tonight it was great to stick with it and get the win.”
The Americans (20-20-2-2, 44 points), who dropped a 6-3 game to Everett on Friday, stayed one step ahead of Prince George for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference playoff race. The Cougars are four points back of Tri-City.
Everett (24-13-6-1) moved into a tie for fourth place in the Western Conference standings with Spokane and Seattle — all three have 55 points.