Tri-City Scores Six Straight, Trombley Helps Guide Americans Past Winterhawks

Doug Love

Portland, OR- It was truly a David vs. Goliath battle as Tri-City faced the CHL’s top ranked Portland Winterhawks.

David took down Goliath with an exclamation point, as the Tri-City Americans (32-22-1-2, 67 pts) snap a three game losing streak, scoring six straight goals to earn a 6-2 win over the Portland Winterhawks (46-9-1-2, 95 pts) in Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

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Troy Trombley made his first start of the season and was spectacular, making 41 saves against the top offense in the league while earning his first WHL win.

This was the second win for the Americans against the Winterhawks, with the other victory also coming on the road. Portland had a three game win streak halted.

Portland controlled the pace to start the game and got on the board first. Oliver Bjorkstrand tipped a pass into the goal to give the Winterhawks a 1-0 lead midway through the first period. Tri-City jumped on the board later in the period. Jesse Mychan grabbed a loose puck in front of the net and fired a shot past Mac Carruth to tie the game at one. The Winterhawks dominated in the shot department 23-8, but the game was tied after the first period.

Tri-City carried momentum into the second period and used it to take the lead. Zachary Yuen fired a laser from the blue line through traffic into the top left corner of the net to tally a power play goal and give the Americans a 2-1 lead. Malte Strömwall had a golden opportunity to score as he earned a penalty shot midway through the second, but was denied by Carruth. Connor Rankin scored late in the period as he fired a backhand that found its way into the goal to make it 3-1. Tri-City outshot Portland 11-9 in the period and looked to close out the win in the third.

The Americans were on the penalty kill to start the third period, but that didn’t stop Justin Feser from scoring shorthanded on a breakaway, beating Carruth on the glove side. It wasn’t long until the Americans increased the lead to 5-1, as Brian Williams gathered a rebound and put it home five minutes into the period. Mitch Topping got in on the action, as he found the back of the net on the power play midway through the third to make it 6-1. Portland would add a goal by Chase De Leo with less than three minutes remaining, but it wouldn’t matter in the outcome as Tri-City left Portland with a win.

Tri-City was 2-3 on the power play and killed off all five Portland power plays. Seven Tri-City players got on the score sheet, including five with more than one point.

The Americans come home tomorrow for a big showdown against the Spokane Chiefs (34-22-2-0, 70 pts) in the Toyota Center. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. Spokane won the most recent game in Spokane 5-2 on Feb. 9, giving the Chiefs a 5-4 lead in the season series. Tri-City is 2-2 at home against Spokane, winning the most recent game on New Year’s Eve 6-3.  NewsTalk 870 will broadcast the game starting at 6:45 p.m. with the pregame show. MeTV 42.2/Charter 280 will broadcast the game on television beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the Toyota Center Box Office, at any Fred Meyer outlet, at any Ticketmaster location or online at Ticketmaster.com.  

Jack in the Box Three Stars:
1. Troy Trombley, Tri-City

2. Justin Feser, Tri-City
3. Zachary Yuen, Tri-City

Comments
G&L
We were in attendance with family from Portland that are Winterhawk fans. Our guys put on an amazing show! To boos all around us, we stood and rang our bell for every goal! :-) Go Ams!
Feb 16, 2013 - 05:57 PM

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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
  • B.C. Division |
  • Central Division |
  • East Division |
  • U.S. Division |
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