Ian Henry

Kennewick WA, – The Tri-City Americans defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 5-1 Friday night at the Toyota Center in Kennewick in the first game of a home-and-home series.

The T-Birds and Americans face each other in the second game of the home-and-home series on Saturday at 7:05pm at ShoWare Center.

Seattle (13-16-0-1) jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 6:41 of the first period on Chance Lund’s ninth goal of the year. Luke Lockhart and Tyler Alos assists on the goal.

Adam Hughesman scored a power-play goal at 12:34 of the first to tie the game 1-1. Brendan Shinnimin and Justin Feser had the assists.

Tri-City (26-7-0-0) went in front 2-1 on a power-play goal by Connor Rankin at 13:53 of the first.

Tri-City outshot Seattle 10-8 in the first period.

Shinnimin extended the Americans lead to 3-1 at 3:58 of the second period with his 16th goal of the season. Hughesman and Rankin were credited with the assists.

Patrick Holland scored a four-on-four goal at 13:00 of the second to give the Americans a 4-1 lead. Mason Wilgosh and Drydn Dow were credited with the assists.

The Americans led 24-12 in shots after two periods.

Shinnimin scored a five-on-three power-play goal at 4:51 of the third period to make it a 5-1 Tri-City lead. Hughesman and Holland had the assists.

The Americans outshot the T-Birds 30-25 in the game.

Seattle goalie Calvin Pickard made 25 saves on 30 shots and his record is now 13-13-0-1.

Tri-City goalie Eric Comrie stopped 23 of 24 shots and his record is now 12-3-0-0.

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, Lund 9 (Lockhart, Alos), 6:41. 2, Tri-City, Hughesman 23 (Shinnimin, Feser), 12:34 (pp). 3, Tri-City, Rankin 12 (Holland, Shinnimin), 13:53 (pp). Penalties – Williams, Tri (hooking), 10:47. Hickman, Sea (goaltender interference), 10:53. Deagle, Sea (slashing), 12:06. Grist, Tri (interference), 17:12. Elliot, Sea (boarding), 19:51.

Second period – 4, Tri-City, Shinnimin 16 (Hughesman, Rankin), 3:58. 5, Tri-City, Holland 11 (Wilgosh, Dow), 13:00. Penalties – Sutter, Sea (interference), 9:55. Shinnimin, Tri (roughing), 12:05. Machacek, Sea (roughing), 12:05. Dallman, Tri (major-fighting), 15:49. Verdino, Sea (major-fighting), 15:49. Grist, Tri (double minor-checking from behind, roughing), 16:37. Alos, Sea (roughing), 16:37. Gallimore, Sea (roughing), 16:58. Wilgosh, Tri (roughing), 16:58.

Third period – 6, Tri-City, Shinnimin 17 (Rankin) 4:51 (pp). Penalties – Rankin, Tri (goaltender interference), 2:26. Laroque, Sea (tripping), 4:24. Troock, Sea (slashing), 4:24. Honey, Sea (major-fighting), 6:17. Williams, Tri (major-fighting), 6:17. Doty, Sea (10-minute misconduct), 6:53. Grist, Tri (10-minute misconduct), 6:53. Walter, Tri (slashing), 15:49. J. Messier, Tri (major-fighting), 19:54. Laroque, Sea (major-fighting), 19:54.

Shots on goal – Seattle 8-4-13 25. Tri-City 10-14-6 30. Goalies – Seattle, Pickard 30 shots-25 saves (13-13-0-1); Tri-City, Comrie 25-24 (12-3-0-0). Power plays – Seattle 0-6; Tri-City 3-6. A – 5,170. Referee – Pat Smith, Adam Griffiths. Linesmen – Trevor Shively, Jason Michelbook.