Kennewick, WA (ISN) – The Seattle Thunderbirds came back from a three-goal deficit Friday night to defeat the Tri-City Americans 4-3 in a shootout in a preseason game at the Toyota Center.
This was the T-Birds first game at the Red Lion Hotels’ Preseason Tournament. Their preseason record is now 1-1-1-0 with three games remaining in the preseason. On Saturday the T-Birds will play the Winterhawks at 3:00pm in their second game at the Red Lion Hotels’ Preseason Tournament.
The Americans took a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes on two goals from Jesse Mychan and a single goal from Mitch Topping. Mychan’s goals came at 10:55 on the power play and 18:46 of the first period. Topping scored at 11:19 of the first.
Tri-City outshot Seattle 11-3 in the first period.
Seattle got on the board at 4:10 of the second period on a power-play goal from Jesse Forsberg. Defenseman Jared Hauf and Branden Troock had assists on the goal.
Brandon Glover was replaced in the Seattle net by Justin Myles midway through the second period. Glover stopped nine of 12 shots he faced. Right after Myles came in the T-Birds were assessed a major penalty for kneeing. They killed off the five-minute penalty and only allowed one shot on goal.
The T-Birds outshot the Americans 17-2 in the second period and led 20-13 in total shots after 40 minutes.
Seattle cut the lead to one goal when Alexander Delnov scored a power-play goal at 7:29 of the third period. Shea Theodore took a point shot that Delnov tipped past the goalie.
Roberts Lipsbergs tied the game 3-3 with a power-play goal at 14:41 of the third. Luke Lockhart and Hauf were credited with the assists.
Seattle led 33-18 in total shots after 60 minutes of play and 36-18 after overtime.
Seattle shot first in overtime. Riley Sheen was the T-Birds first shooter and he scored. Myles denied Marcus Messier on his attempt.
Lipsbergs was the second Seattle shooter and he converted to put the T-Birds in front 2-0. Patrick Holland scored for Tri-City in the second round to cut the shootout lead to one goal.
Troock had a chance to win the game in the third round but hit the post. Myles stopped Phillip Tot to seal the win for the T-Birds.
Myles stopped all six shots he faced in just under 30 minutes of action and gets the win for the T-Birds.
Brenden Fiebelkorn played the whole game for the Americans in net and stopped 33 of 36 shots in the loss.
The T-Birds finish out the preseason schedule with a home-and-home series against the Everett Silvertips. The T-Birds host the Silvertips on Friday, September 14, at 7:35pm at ShoWare Center. They are at Comcast Arena in Everett to play the Silvertips at 7:05pm. Single game tickets for the home preseason game will go on sale August 23.
The T-Birds will open the 2012-13 regular season against the Winterhawks at ShoWare Center on Saturday, September 22 at 7:05pm.
T-Birds single game tickets for the 2012-13 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.