By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
In a game that had a little bit of everything, it should have come as no surprise when Tri-City coach Jim Hiller selected tough guy Jessey Astles to take the first shot in the shootout.
Astles was the only player to put the puck in the net, giving the Americans a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds before a Friday night crowd of 3,695 at Toyota Center.
“At first I wasn’t expecting it, to he honest,” Astles said of taking the first shot. “I’ve talked to Jim about it. I do have a quick release and a good shot and I use that as much as I can.”
As a buzz went through the crowd, Astles took off with the puckfrom center ice.
“It’s the same move I usually do on (Eric) Comrie and (Evan) Sarthou. I just practice on those guys. I get a good angle, when it’s the right time I shoot it low, a couple of inches off the ice blocker side. It’s hard to stop.”
Comrie turned away all three Seattle shooters and finished the night with 31 saves.