Americans Shut Out T-Birds

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(ISN) – KENNEWICK,  – The Tri-City Americans shut out the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-0 Friday night at Toyota Center in Kennewick.

Seattle (22-18-2-3) will play the Portland Winterhawks Saturday at 7:05pm at ShoWare Center. The game is the annual Fred Meyer Teddy Bear Toss game presented by WARM 106.9 FM. They travel to the Spokane to play the Chiefs at 5:05pm on Sunday.

Mathew Barzal returned to the T-Birds lineup after missing 26 games with a fractured kneecap.

Tri-City goalie Evan Sarthou made 25 saves to get the shutout.

Tri-City (23-22-0-2) opened the scoring at 11:35 of the first period. Richard Nejezchleb brought the puck out from behind the Seattle net at the right post. He centered to Beau McCue in the low slot. McCue beat a lunging Taran Kozun for the goal. Parker Bowles had the second assist.

Tri-City outshot Seattle 7-2 in the first period.

Bowles scored two power-play goals in under three minutes in the second period to give the Americans a 3-0 lead. The first one came at 10:37 on a feed from Nejezchleb behind the net. The second one came at 13:26, on a four-on-three power play, off assists from Wotherspoon and McCue.

The Americans led in shots 16-10 after two periods.

Lucas Nickles scored an unassisted empty-net goal at 18:56 of the third period to seal the win for the Americans.

Seattle outshot Tri-City 15-8 in the third period and 25-24 in the game.

Kozun stopped 20 of 23 shots and his record is now 20-13-2-3.

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