Sept 14,2014(ISN) – Kennewick, WA- It was déjà vu in the Toyota Center on Saturday night, as the Tri-City Americans defeated the Spokane Chiefs 2-1 in overtime for the second straight game to end the preseason for both teams.
The first period momentum was all Spokane, as the Chiefs had a 13-5 shot advantage in the first period. Tri-City had trouble staying out of the penalty box in the first, giving the Chiefs four power play opportunities, but the Americans killed off each power play, keeping the game scoreless after one period.
The momentum was Spokane’s to begin the second period, but Tri-City slowly gained its own momentum as the period went on. The Americans broke through with the first goal 13:35 into the period, as Vladislav Lukin fired a laser of a snap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle into the back of the net on the power play for the 1-0 lead. The Americans had a 9-7 shot advantage in the period, as well as some great saves from goaltender Evan Sarthou to make it 1-0 going into the third period.
In the third period, Tri-City looked to put the game away, but Spokane came out and gained the edge with a 13-6 shot advantage. The Chiefs tied the game late in the third on the power play, as Riley Whittingham nailed a slap shot to light the lamp and tie the game at one. Neither team was able to break the tie in regulation, so the two teams went into overtime for the second straight game.
In the extra session, the teams traded chances, and 2:54 into overtime, Braden Purtill put home a loose puck in front of the net to give the Americans its second straight 2-1 overtime victory over Spokane.
Tri-City was in the penalty box more than Spokane, but the Chiefs only took advantage of 1-of-8 power play chances, while the Americans were 1-of-2 on the power play.
Evan Sarthou turned in a brilliant performance in net for the Americans, stopping 33-of-34 shots in the win. Spokane goaltenders Tyson Verhelst and Alex Moodie combined for 21 saves in the loss.
The Americans end the preseason with a 5-3 record, including a three game win streak to end the preseason, with all of those wins coming against Spokane. Ty Comrie ends the preseason as the Ams leading scorer, recording seven assists and zero goals. Lucas Nickles led the team in goals in the preseason with four.
Tri-City and Spokane will meet once again next Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Toyota Center for each team’s regular season opening game. Tickets for the game are available at the Toyota Center Box Office, any Ticketmaster location or online at Ticketmaster.com.
T.C.- Vladislav Lukin (Justin Hamonic, Brandon Carlo), 13:35 (PP)
SPO- Riley Whittingham (Matt Sozanski, Liam Stewart), 14:17 (PP)
T.C.- Braden Purtill (Brian Williams), 2:54
SPO- Tyson Verhelst (32:26, 12/12), Alex Moodie (30:28, 9/11)
T.C.- Evan Sarthou (62:54, 33/34)