(ISN) Everett, WA- The Tri-City Americans (8-6-0-0, 16 pts) and Everett Silvertips (7-1-2-1, 17 pts) were fighting for the top spot in the U.S. Division on Friday night.
Nikita Scherbak scored two goals for the Silvertips and a 35 save performance from Eric Comrie wasn’t enough, as Everett defeated Tri-City 3-1 in front of 3,522 fans at Xfinity Arena to take over first place in the U.S. Division.
The Americans struggled early in the game, and Everett took advantage, outshooting Tri-City 21-3 in the first period. Eric Comire was a brick wall in the first period, stopping all 21 shots to keep the game scoreless after one period.
Everett continued its momentum in the second period and pushed on the attack. The Silvertips eventually broke through 6:27 into the second period, as Carson Stadnyk finally got a shot past Eric Comrie, giving Everett a 1-0 lead. The Americans found its legs following the goal and started generating some solid scoring chances. Tri-City was outshot 9-5 in the second period, but the Americans knew they were still in the game heading into the third period.
Tri-City found its opportunity on an early penalty by Everett. The Americans took advantage, as Justin Hamonic’s shot from the point was tipped into the net by Jackson Playfair on the power play to tie the game at one. But Everett would answer midway through the third period as Nikita Scherbak scored a power play goal to put the Silvertips ahead once again, 2-1. Tri-City fought hard to get the tying goal, but Scherbak scored an empty net insurance goal to give the Silvertips a 3-1 win.
This is the first time this season the Americans have lost two consecutive games and it extends its road losing streak to three games.
The Americans had 10 penalty minutes, with the Silvertips capitalizing on 1-of-5 power play chances. Everett had six penalty minutes, with the Americans converting 1-of-3 opportunities with the man advantage.
Eric Comrie was great in between the pipes for Tri-City tonight, making 35 saves in a losing effort. Everett Goaltender Carter Hart stopped 10 shots in the win.
The Americans will be back in Kennewick Saturday, Oct. 25, to take on the Kamloops Blazers (8-6-1-0, 17 pts) on Alzheimer’s Awareness Night at the Toyota Center. Game time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. This is the first meeting of the season between the two teams, with the Americans winning all four meetings against the Blazers last season.