(ISN) – Kennewick, WA- It was a battle of the goaltenders at the Toyota Center on Wednesday night.
Eric Comrie was able to win the battle, turning in a 25-save performance to shut out the Edmonton Oil Kings (9-7-0-2, 20 pts), giving the Tri-City Americans (10-8-0-0, 20 pts) a 1-0 win in front of 2,869 at the Toyota Center on Wednesday night.
Edmonton and Tri-City both came out and implemented game plans, but both goalies were ready for every shot that came their way. Edmonton had the shot advantage in the first period, 8-6, but Eric Comrie and Tristan Jarry didn’t let anything past them, keeping the game knotted at zeros after the first period.
The goaltending battle continued into the second period, with both Comrie and Jarry playing excellent between the pipes. Each team had 10 shots in the period, but neither team was able to light the red lamp heading into the third period.
In the third period, the Americans were able to break through Jarry. Beau McCue found the back of the net off of a nice pass from Richard Nejezchleb on the power play, giving the Americans a 1-0 lead. Edmonton had the shot lead 7-5 in the third period, looking for a game-tying goal, but Eric Comrie stopped every shot that came his way to earn a shutout and help Tri-City earn the victory.
With the shutout, Comrie is the third goaltender to record 10 shutouts in an Americans uniform, joining Chet Pickard with 12 and Carey Price with 15.
The Americans extended its win streak to two games and improves to 5-2 at home this season.
Edmonton failed to convert two chances with the man advantage and recorded 28 penalty minutes, while the Americans were 1-for-2 on the power play with 16 penalty minutes.
Tristan Jarry turned in a 20 save performance for Edmonton in the loss.
The Americans are back in action this Friday, Nov. 7, taking on the Kamloops Blazers (9-8-1-1, 20 pts) at the Toyota Center. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. Tri-City lost to the Blazers 2-0 at the Toyota Center on Oct. 25 in the lone meeting between the two teams this season.
Jack in the Box Three Stars
1. Eric Comrie, Tri-City
2. Richard Nejezchleb, Tri-City
3. Tristan Jarry, Edmonton