(ISN) – Prince Albert, SK- The Tri-City Americans (4-3-0-0, 8 pts) have not lost back-to-back games all season, and looked to keep that going by defeating the Prince Albert Raiders (3-3-0-0, 6 pts) Tuesday night.
Vladislav Lukin scored two goals and Eric Comrie turned in a solid performance to give the Americans a 4-1 win over the Raiders in front of 2,171 at the Art Hauser Centre.
Tri-City needed to gain some momentum early, and they were able to do that just more than five minutes into the game. Vladislav Lukin scored with an assist from Justin Gutierrez and Brandon Carlo to make it 1-0 Americans. Less than 20 seconds later, the Raiders tied the game, as Prince Albert’s Craig Leverton got the puck past Eric Comrie to tie the game. The game was back and forth until the Americans took the lead 14:32 into the first on a goal by Brian Williams. Both teams had 12 shots in the first period, but the Americans had the advantage on the scoreboard heading into the second period.
The Americans were able to keep the momentum going in the second period, increasing the lead to 3-1 8:52 into the second, as Parker Wotherspoon weaved a shot through traffic and into the twine. Less than two minutes later, the Americans scored again, as Lukin was able to deflect a shot from the point into the net, increasing the lead to 4-1.
Prince Albert came out in the third period and tried to get something going to get back into the game, but Eric Comrie wouldn’t allow it, stopping all 18 shots he faced in the third period to help the Americans earn a big win.
It was quiet throughout the night inside both penalty boxes, as the two teams combined for 18 penalty minutes, including 13 Tri-City penalty minutes. Prince Albert had four power play chances, but Tri-City was able to kill each one. The Americans had no power plays on the night.
Eric Comrie was spectacular in the net tonight, making 43 saves in the win for the Americans, while Nick McBride and Rylan Parenteau combined for 27 saves in a Prince Albert loss.
The Americans will end the Eastern Canada road trip with three straight games, starting Thursday, Oct. 9 against the Saskatoon Blades (0-5-0-0, 0 pts) in the Credit Union Centre. Game time is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. (PST) Tri-City defeated Saskatoon 3-1 at the Toyota Center in the lone meeting between the two teams last season. Fans can watch the game through WHL Live or at Kimo’s, the Americans home away from home. The game will be broadcast on NewsTalk 870, starting at 5:45 p.m.
Jack in the Box Three Stars
1. Eric Comrie, Tri-City
2. Vladislav Lukin, Tri-City
3. Craig Leverton, Prince Albert