Photo credit is John Allen
(ISN) – Kennewick, WA- The Tri-City Americans (22-21-0-2, 46 pts) finally exercised its demons at home against the Spokane Chiefs (23-17-3-1, 50 pts) in a big way, as the Americans dominated the Chiefs 7-0 in front of 4,585 fans at the Toyota Center on Saturday night.
The Americans came out fast and got rewarded early. Beau McCue fired a shot from the slot that went between the legs of Garret Hughson on the power play to give the Americans a 1-0 lead. Tri-City had the shot advantage, 7-6, in the first period and had a one goal lead after the first period.
Tri-City continued to play well in the second period, and capitalized on a power play opportunity midway through the period. Brandon Carlo fired a shot from the point that found its way through traffic and into the net to increase the lead to 2-0. The Americans had a 14-5 shot advantage and looked to seal the win in the third period.
Early in the third period, Tri-City took a 3-0 lead as Lucas Nickles fired a shot that was stopped, but a Spokane defender accidentally knocked the puck into the net to get the Americans the goal. Less than a minute later, the Americans made it 4-0, as Tyler Sandhu skated in on a breakaway and beat Hughson to score his first goal in an Americans uniform. Nickles scored his second goal of the game 4:55 into the third to increase the lead to 5-0.
Midway through the period, the lead was pushed to 6-0, as Tyler Morrison fired a shot from the slot on the power play into the back of the net. Late in the third, Jordan Topping got on the board to give the Americans a 7-0 lead. Evan Sarthou led the Americans down the stretch with solid goaltending to cap off the big win.
Photo credit is John Allen
Tri-City snaps a three-game losing streak to the Chiefs and creates a win streak of two games overall and at home. The win is tied for the largest margin of victory for the Americans this season.
Carter Cochrane tallied his first point in an Americans uniform with an assist on Nickles’ second goal and had two assists in the game.
Tri-City had 17 penalty minutes and was 3-of-8 on the power play, while Spokane spent 33 minutes in the penalty box and was unsuccessful in five opportunities with the man advantage.
Garret Hughson and Tyson Verhelst combined to stop 22 shots, while Evan Sarthou made 25 saves in his second straight shutout and fourth of the season.
Tri-City has a few days off before they hit the road for one game to take on the Kamloops Blazers (16-24-3-3, 38 pts) this Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the Interior Savings Centre. Game time is at 7 p.m. Tri-City defeated the Blazers in the most recent meeting between the two teams, 5-2, on Nov. 7 at the Toyota Center. Listen to the game on NewsTalk 870 or watch the game on WHL Live beginning at 7 p.m. or at Kimo’s, your Americans home away from home.
Jack in the Box Three Stars
1. Lucas Nickles, Tri-City
2. Evan Sarthou, Tri-City
3. Brandon Carlo, Tri-City