Tri-City Earns Tough Road Win, Defeats Seattle 5-3

Kent, WA- Revenge is a dish best served on cold ice.

The Tri-City Americans (38-23-1-2, 79 pts) avenged their loss on home ice last night by inflicting the same pain on the Seattle Thunderbirds (22-36-7-1, 52 pts) tonight,earning a 5-3 win on the road in the ShoWare Center.

Tri-City has won five of the eight meetings against Seattle this season. The Americans won their third straight game in Kent.

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Seattle jumped on the board first less than three minutes into the game. Luke Lockhart gathered a loose puck in the neutral zone and skated ahead for a breakaway, beating Luke Lee-Knight on the glove side for a shorthanded goal and a 1-0 lead. Tri-City scored midway through the period as the Americans slapped away at a loose puck in front of the net, which finally crossed the goal line off Jesse Mychan’s stick to tie the game. Tri-City took the lead later in the period as Drydn Dow brought the puck into the zone and fired a slap shot past the blocker of Brandon Glover to make it 2-1. The Americans outshot the Thunderbirds 16-5 and had four power play chances in the period, but couldn’t score on any of them.

The Thunderbirds were able to tie the game in the second. Riley Sheen fired a puck into the net to even the game at two. Justin Feser helped the Ams retake the lead two minutes later as he fired a shot past Glover for his 40th of the season to make it 3-2. It didn’t take long for the Americans to increase the lead to 4-2 as Feser fed a beautiful pass in front to Malte Strömwall, who was able to one-time a shot into the goal. Seattle had the shot advantage 10-5 but went into the third period down by two goals.

Seattle pressed in the third period to try and tie the game and eventually cut the lead to one with just under eight minutes left as Lockhart’s second effort helped him squeak the puck over the goal line. The Thunderbirds pulled the goalie with about two minutes remaining in an effort to tie the game, but Tri-City sealed the win as Zachary Yuen fired the puck the length of the ice into an empty net to end Seattle’s comeback chances.

Feser had a goal and two assists tonight, extending his point streak to eight games. Four Americans had more than one point tonight.

Lee-Knight stopped 25 shots in the win while Glover made 26 saves in the loss.  

Tri-City will head north into British Columbia for a pair of games against the Prince George Cougars (18-37-2-6, 44 pts) on Monday, March 4 at the CN Centre. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. The Americans have only faced the Cougars once this season, with Tri-City defeating Prince George 5-2 in late January. NewsTalk 870 will broadcast the game starting at 6:45 p.m. with the pregame show. WHL Live will stream the game online at 7:00 p.m.

Notes: Malte Strömwall scored his eighth game winning goal of the season, tying Justin Feser for the team lead. The Americans won their 20th road game of the season, the second straight season of 20 road wins.

Jack in the Box Three Stars:
1. Justin Feser, Tri-City

2. Luke Lockhart, Seattle
3. Jesse Mychan, 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
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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