(ISN) – KENNEWICK,The Tri-City Americans shut out the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-0 Friday night at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.
The T-Birds host the Portland Winterhawks at ShoWare Center for the first time this season Saturday night at 7:05pm.
Tri-City (17-13-0-1) took a 1-0 lead at 7:31 of the first period on a five-on-three power-play goal from Richard Nejezchleb. Nejezchleb beat Seattle goalie Taran Kozun from the right circle. Parker Bowles and Brandon Carlo had the assists.
The Americans extended the lead to 2-0 on a power-play goal from Parker Bowles at 8:05 of the first. Beau McCue and Nejezchleb had the assists.
Tri-City outshot Seattle 14-2 in the first period.
Seattle (13-14-2-2) outshot Tri-City 9-6 in the second period but the Americans led 20-11 in total shots after two periods.
Vladislav Lukin scored from the left circle on a wrist shot to give the Americans a 3-0 lead at 2:12 of the third period. Ty Comrie and Parker Wotherspoon had the assists.
The T-Birds pulled Kozun with just under three minutes left in the game. They got several good chances but were not able to break the shutout.
Lucas Nickles added an empty-net goal at 19:59 of the third for the Americans fourth goal. Brian Williams had the only assist.
Tri-City outshot Seattle 26-17 in the game.
Kozun ended the night with 22 saves on 25 shots and his record is 12-9-2-2.
Tri-City goalie Evan Sarthou stopped all 17shots he faced and he is now 3-3-0-1.
The last game before the holiday break is Tuesday, December 16, at 7:05pm at ShoWare Center. This is a 2-for-Tuesday game and will feature Seattle Seahawks tight end Luke Willson dropping the ceremonial first puck before the game.