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Tri-City Herald: Ams might need bearhug after 8-4 loss to Thunderbirds

Dec 07, 2012 - 01:43 PST

By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald

When Parker Bowles was a young boy, his favorite stuffed animal was a black-and-white dog named Hat Trick.

Thursday night, Bowles got to play Santa Claus, scoring the first goal for the Tri-City Americans that brought down a flurry of 2,649 stuffed animals. But that would be the lone highlight in an 8-4 loss to the Seattle Thunderbirds before an announced crowd of 4,518 at the Toyota Center.

Connor Sanvido had two goals and two assists, and Seth Swenson had two goals as the Thunderbirds ended a 22-game skid at the Toyota Center. Brendan Rouse added three assists, and Brandon Glover had 34 saves for the Thunderbirds, who hadn’t won a regular-season game in Kennewick since Jan. 27, 2008.

“They were opportunistic with their chances,” Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said. “We gave them pretty much everything on a platter. Decisions that we made, sometimes you can get away with, tonight we didn’t.”

The Thunderbirds (15-13-1-0, 31 points) extended their winning streak to three games with the victory and are 2-0 against Tri-City this season.