By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
The Tri-City Americans scored all the goals they would need against the road-weary Saskatoon Blades in the first period, running their record to 4-0 against the East Division.
Connor Rankin had a goal and an assist, Phil Tot added two assists and Eric Comrie had 25 saves in a 3-1 win over the Blades before a Tuesday night crowd of 3,280 fans at Toyota Center.
“They worked hard,” Americans coach Jim Hiller said of Saskatoon. “It was their fourth game in five nights. They busted their butts from start to finish. They have some highly skilled forwards, but Marcus’ (Messier) line (that includes Tot and Lucas Nickles) was shutting them down. Hamo (Justin Hamonic) and Spoons (Parker Wotherspoon) are the defensive pairing and together they have kept quality players down to minimum chances the last two games.”
The Americans (16-12-1-2), who will play Friday and Saturday at Prince George, ran their home record to 11-5-0-0.
The Blades (10-18-1-2), who are 0-4 on their U.S. Division trek, finish their trip tonight at Spokane.