Americans Slip Past T-Birds


Ian Henry

Kent, – The Tri-City Americans defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-2 at the ShoWare Center in Kent on Friday night.

The T-Birds travel to Portland to take on the Winterhawks at 7pm at the Rose Garden on Saturday night.

Jared Hauf scored his first career WHL goal to give the T-Birds the 1-0 lead at 15:08 of the first period. Sean Aschim sent the puck from the left corner to Hauf at the left point. Hauf put a wrist shot on goal with traffic in front of Tri-City goalie Ty Rimmer. Hauf’s shot beat Rimmer low on the blocker side.

Tri-City (20-7-0-0) led the T-Birds in shots on goal, 14-13, at the end of the first period.

Adam Hughesman scored for the Americans on a power-play to tie it 1-1 at 15:54 of the second. Justin Feser and Brendan Shinnimin had the assists.

Tri-City led Seattle in shots 27-18 after two periods of play.

The Americans went in front 2-1 at 4:52 of the third period on a goal from Shinnimin. Patrick Holland had the only assist.

Less than a minute later, Seattle (11-13-0-1) answered Tri-City’s goal with a power-play goal. Kyle Verdino made a quick pass, at the blue line, towards Aschim, who was waiting to the left of the crease. Aschim redirected Verdino’s pass up and over Rimmer at 5:51 of third to tie the game 2-2. Braeden Laroque had the second assist on the goal.

Tri-City scored a power-play goal 38 seconds later at 6:29 of the third. Holland scored assisted by Hughesman and Feser to put the Americans in front 3-2.

Feser scored an empty-net goal just before final buzzer at 19:59 of the third to get the Americans fourth goal of the night.

Tri-City finished the game with a 39-25 advantage in shots.

Seattle goalie Calvin Pickard stopped 35 on 38 shots and is credited with the loss bringing his record to 11-10-0-1.

Rimmer made 23 saves on 25 shots bringing his record to 12-4-0-0.

The T-Birds return home next weekend to the ShoWare Center in Kent to face the Prince George Cougars on Friday, December 9, at 7:35 p.m. and the Victoria Royals on Saturday, December 10, at 7:05 p.m.

T-Birds single game tickets for the 2011-12 season are available online at the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday game days at 10 a.m. and Sunday game days at noon.

T-Birds season tickets are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.


First period – 1, Seattle, Hauf 1 (Aschim), 15:08. Penalties – Wardley, Sea (major fighting), 6:16. Feser, Tri (major fighting), 6:16. Topping, Tri (hooking),7:46. Sutter, Sea (Tripping), 16:27.

Second period – 2, Tri-City, Hughesmam 20 (Feser, Shinnimin), 15:54 (pp). Penalties – Verdino, Sea (high sticking), 2:02. Wilgosh, TRI (checking from behind), 10:29. Wardley, Sea (cross-checking), 15:11. Deagle, Sea (cross-checking), 15:41. Aschim, Sea (unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:44. Dallman, Tri (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:44. Hughesman, TRI (interference), 18:54.

Third period – 3, Tri-City, Shinnimin 10 (Holland), 4:52. 4, Seattle, Aschim 7 (Verdino, Laroque), 5:51 (pp). 5, Tri-City, Holland 7 (Hughesman, Feser), 6:29 (pp). 6, Tri-City, Feser 12, 19:59 (en). Penalties – Ryckman, Tri (hooking), 5:17. Gallimore, Sea (high sticking), 5:59. Hughesman, Tri (goaltender interference), 10:44. Holland, Tri (unsportsmanlike conduct), 10:44. Hickman, Sea (unsportsmanlike conduct), 10:44. Bench, Sea (too many men-served by Guiel), 16:38.

Shots on goal – Seattle 13-5-7 25. Tri-City 14-13-11 39 Goalies – Seattle, Pickard 38 shots-35 saves (11-10-0-1); Tri-City, Rimmer 25-23 (12-4-0-0). Power plays – Seattle 1-5; Tri-City 2-6. A – 2,739. Referee – Mike Campbell, Steve Papp. Linesmen – Kevin Boris, Kiel Murchison.

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