Photo credit is Steve Einan
(ISN) – Kennewick, WA- After falling to the Kamloops Blazers (9-9-1-1, 20 pts) less than two weeks ago at the Toyota Center, the Tri-City Americans (11-8-0-0, 22 pts) avenged the loss with a 5-2 win in front of 3,505 at the Toyota Center on Friday night.
Tri-City got off to a good start in the first period, and got on the board first on a goal from Parker Bowles on the power play to put the Americans ahead 1-0. The Americans took advantage of the power play again late in the first, as Richard Nejezchleb scored his first goal in an Americans uniform to increase the lead to 2-0. The Blazers had the shot advantage in the first 8-7, but the Americans had a lead going into the second period.
In the second, the Americans struck again, this time with a goal from Beau McCue to put Tri-City ahead 3-0. Kamloops was able to answer with a goal of its own, as Matt Needham scored to cut the lead to 3-1. It wasn’t long before the Blazers were able to score again, this time by Matt Revel to cut the lead to one goal. Late in the period, the Americans got a goal from Justin Gutierrez on the power play, putting home a loose puck in front of the net to increase the lead to 4-2. Kamloops had a big shot advantage in the period, 18-10, but Tri-City had the two goal advantage heading into the third.
Kamloops tried to find a goal in the third period to get back into the game, firing 12 shots at Eric Comrie in the period. But Comrie turned them all away, and Parker Wotherspoon added a goal with less than two minutes remaining in the game to seal the win for the Americans.
The win was the third in a row for the Americans, tying the longest win streak of the season. Tri-City improved to 6-2 this season at home.
The two teams combined for 50 penalty minutes, including 19 Tri-City penalty minutes. Kamloops failed to convert any of its five power play chances, while the Americans were 50 percent on the power play, going 3-for-6 with the man advantage.
Photo credit is Steve Einan
Eric Comrie was great once again between the pipes for the Americans, stopping 36 shots in the win. Kamloops goaltender Connor Ingram made 24 saves in the loss.
The Americans have no time to think about this game, as they are right back in the Toyota Center on Saturday night, taking on the Red Deer Rebels (9-8-1-1, 20 pts). Game time is at 7:05 p.m. The Americans defeated the Rebels last season in Red Deer, 4-2, but lost the preseason game to Red Deer, 4-2. Tickets are on sale through all Ticketmaster outlets, including the Toyota Center box office, all Fred Meyer locations or online at ticketmaster.com.
Jack in the Box Three Stars
1. Richard Nejezchleb, Tri-City
2. Parker Bowles, Tri-City
3. Beau McCue, Tri-City
Photo credit is Steve Einan.