(ISN) – Kennewick, WA- The Tri-City Americans (15-11-0-0, 30 pts) bounced back after two straight home losses, earning a win against the Lethbridge Hurricanes (6-16-3-1, 16 pts) 4-1 in front of 4,104 fans at the Toyota Center on Friday night.
Tri-City came out fast and got some momentum going, outshooting Lethbridge 15-6 in the first period. Late in the period, the Americans got on the board, as Ty Comrie fought some traffic in front of the net and put a rebound into the net to take a 1-0 lead after the first period.
Early in the second period, the Americans increased the lead to 2-0. Lucas Nickles scored on a shot that found a gap between the pads of Stuart Skinner and the post to increase the lead. But Lethbridge answered with a goal less than a minute later, as Taylor Cooper was able to clean up a rebound to cut the lead to 2-1. Midway through the second period, Tri-City increased the lead back to two goals. Vladislav Lukin fired a shot from the slot that went through the legs of Skinner and into the net to make it 3-1 Americans. Tri-City again had the shot advantage 10-6, and held the lead heading into the third period.
The Americans continued to play well in the third period, and scored again midway through the period. Lukin dropped off the puck for Brian Williams in the slot, who fired a shot underneath the blocker of Skinner to light the red lamp and make it 4-1. Lethbridge couldn’t muster a comeback, allowing Tri-City to cruise to the win.
The Americans snap a two game losing streak, and improve to 9-3 at home this season. Tri-City is 3-0 against the Central Division and 7-2 against Eastern Conference teams.
Tri-City extends its win streak against Lethbridge to seven games and still has not lost at home to the Hurricanes since 1999.
Neither team was able to convert a power play chance, with the Americans failing on four attempts while the Hurricanes had three chances with a man advantage. There was no love lost between the two teams, as they combined for 104 penalty minutes, including 51 Tri-City penalty minutes.
Eric Comrie stopped 14 shots in the win, while Stuart Skinner made 37 saves in the loss.
The Americans don’t get any time to recover after this game, as they will play the Portland Winterhawks (13-12-3-0, 29 pts) for the first time this season this Saturday, Nov. 29. Tri-City lost seven of the 10 meetings last season against the Winterhawks. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. at the Toyota Center. 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. Lucas Nickles, Tri-City
2. Vladislav Lukin, Tri-City
3. Brian Williams, Tri-City