Winterhawks Overpower Americans 10-3

John Allen

Kennewick, WA – The Tri-City Americans (26-23-2-3, 57 pts.) got off to a rough start, surrendering three goals in a 1:22 span during the first period and never recovered, as the Portland Winterhawks (36-12-2-3, 77 pts.) defeated the Americans 10-3 Friday night at the Toyota Center.

It was the first loss Tri-City had suffered on home ice since the annual New Year’s eve game, snapping a seven-game winning streak at the Toyota Center.

Eric Comrie started the game, registering 18 saves in the first 20 minutes of play, but was replaced by Evan Sarthou to start the second period. Tri-City’s rookie net minder allowed six goals in the final two periods while making 18 saves.

After Jessey Astles’ interference penalty put the Winterhawks on the power play early in the first period, Oliver Bjorkstrand gave Portland a 1-0, taking the pass from Derek Pouliot and beating Comrie.

Meanwhile, the Americans’ offense struggled to get going, failing to record a shot until the five-minute mark, and was out shot 22-9 in the opening 20 minutes.
A Nic Petan goal at 17:51 began a defining three-goal outburst in a 1:22 span, that saw the Winterhawks pull away from the Americans in the late stages of the first period. Alex Schoenborn and Taylor Leier would both add goals during this stretch, as Portland took a 4-0 lead into the first intermission.

Tri-City played a stronger second period, registering 10 shots to the Winterhawks’ 11, but could not beat Burke. At 7:24 of the middle frame, Petan extended the lead to 5-0 with his second goal of the contest, taking the pass from Lane Viveiros and snapping it past Sarthou.  Schoenborn then made it 6-0 in the late stages of the second period, capitalizing on a Parker Wotherspoon roughing penalty at 18:07.

After Keegan Iverson had made it 7-0 early in the third period, Astles put the Americans on the board at the mid-way point of the period.  While on the power play, Astles blasted a shot past Burke from the top of the faceoff circle, for his career-best 7th goal of the season. Then, just 37 seconds later, Michal Plutnar scored to make it a 7-2 game.

Wotherspoon added his second goal of the season, a shorthanded marker at 18:19 to make it 7-3, but that would be as close as the Americans would get. The Winterhawks would add three goals in the final 1:10 to put an exclamation mark on its victory.

The Americans will be back in action tomorrow night, when it welcomes the Spokane Chiefs (31-17-2-2, 66 pts.) to the Toyota Center for a 7:05 p.m. faceoff. Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, including the Toyota Center box office, all Fred Meyer outlets, or online at ticketmaster.com


Jack In Box Three Stars
1) Nic Petan, Portland
2) Alex Schoenborn, Portland
3) Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland

Comments
Admin
@Becky: There was some confusion last night with the 3 Stars. The order you see in the story is correct, but Alex did not come out, as he had previously received a 10-Minute Misconduct earlier in the 3rd period and was already out of his gear. So, we improvised. Hope that helps explain what happened! Thanks!
Feb 08, 2014 - 04:55 PM
Becky Bond
I thought that Jesse Astles received the 3rd star?
Feb 08, 2014 - 10:17 AM

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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