(ISN) – Kamloops, B.C.- The Tri-City Americans (22-22-0-2, 46 pts) had a two-game win streak snapped, falling to the Kamloops Blazers (17-24-3-3, 40 pts) 3-1 in front of 4,736 fans at the Interior Savings Centre on Wednesday night.
It didn’t take long to get the first goal, as Kamloops scored 46 seconds into the game. Patrik Maier fired a shot that went between the legs of Evan Sarthou to put the Blazers ahead 1-0. The lead increased to 2-0 early in the first period, as Luke Harrison was able to deflect the puck into the net off a pass from Logan McVeigh. Midway through the period, the Blazers made it 3-0 on a Cole Ully goal. But the Americans were able to get some momentum going late in the period, as Parker Wotherspoon skated into the Blazers zone, split the defense on a nifty move and passed it to Ty Comrie, who finished off the play with a nice goal to cut the lead to 3-1. Kamloops had the edge in shots, 15-7, and the edge on the scoreboard heading into the second period.
The second period was dominated by the Americans, with the Americans outshooting the Blazers 14-1 and having three power play chances. But both Tri-City and Kamloops were unable to score a goal, giving the Americans a two-goal hill to climb in the third period.
Kamloops tried to hold off Tri-City in the third as the Blazers outshot the Americans, 13-6, in the period. Tri-City pressed hard late in the third to get back into the game, but Connor Ingram stopped every shot he faced to help the Blazers earn the win.
The Americans were unsuccessful with six power play chances and recorded nine penalty minutes, while the Blazers were unable to score on two opportunities with a man advantage and spent 17 minutes in the penalty box.
Evan Sarthou stopped 26 shots in the loss, while Connor Ingram also recorded 26 saves in the win.
Tri-City will make the trip back to Kennewick and have a day off before hosting the Seattle Thunderbirds (22-17-2-3, 49 pts) this Friday, Jan. 23, in the 6th Annual Nuclear Night game. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. Tri-City lost the last meeting against Seattle, 4-2, in Kent, but won the last meeting against the Thunderbirds in Kennewick, 4-3, in a shootout.
Jack in the Box Three Stars
1. Connor Ingram, Kamloops
2. Joel Hamilton, Kamloops
3. Luke Harrison, Kamloops