EVERETT, September 4, 2015 – The Tri-City Americans shut out the Seattle Thunderbirds 2-0 Friday afternoon at Xfinity Arena in the first game of the Everett Silvertips Holiday Inn Preseason Classic.
The Americans scored two goals, one shorthanded and one on the power play, late in the third period to secure the win. Vladislav Lukin scored shorthanded at 17:26 and Parker AuCoin into an empty net on the power play at 19:31.
Seattle goalie Taz Burman started and played the entire game. He stopped 32 of 33 shots.
Classic play will continue for the T-Birds Saturday at 3pm against the Victoria Royals. The Classic concludes for the T-Birds on Sunday, September 6, at 3 pm against the Spokane Chiefs.
Evan Sarthou started in net for Tri-City and made 16 saves before being replaced by Beck Warm midway through the second period. Warm had 11 saves in his half of action.
Tri-City outshot Seattle 34-27 in the game, which was scoreless through two periods.
After the Classic, the T-Birds next preseason appearance will be in Kennewick at the Red Lion Hotels’ Preseason Tournament at the Toyota Center. The T-Birds will play the Kootenay Ice on Friday, September 11, at3pm and face the Tri-City Americans on Saturday, September 12, at 7:05pm
The T-Birds will conclude their preseason schedule with a home game against the Victoria Royals on Friday, September 18, at 7:35pm at ShoWare Center.
The T-Birds open the 2015-16 season in Vancouver against the Giants onFriday, September 25, at 7:30pm at Pacific Coliseum.
The T-Birds home opener for the 2015-16 season is Saturday, October 3, against the Prince George Cougars at 7:05pm at ShoWare Center.
First period – No scoring. Penalties – McCue, Tri (checking to the head),5:08. Fuller, Tri (interference), 9:39. Hauf, Sea (interference), 11:57.
Second period – No scoring. Penalties – Olhaver, Sea (tripping), 6:44. Holowko, Sea (goaltender interference), 16:32. Coghlan, Tri (holding), 19:49. Wedman, Sea (interference), 19:49.
Third period – 1, Tri-City, Lukin 1, 17:26 (sh). 2, Tri-City, AuCoin 1, 19:31(pp). Penalties – Lukin, Tri (holding), 1:34. Olhaver, Sea (interference), 2:30. Osterman, Sea (major-fighting), 5:31. Fuller, Tri (major-fighting), 5:31. Khaira, Sea (interference), 11:57. Wotherspoon, Tri (tripping), 16:05. Holowko, Sea (checking from behind, roughing), 18:38. Morrison, Tri (roughing), 18:38.
Shots on goal – Seattle 11-7-9 27, Tri-City 16-5-13 34. Goalies – Seattle, Burman 33 shots-32 saves (0-1-0-0); Tri-City, Sarthou 16-16, Warm 11-11 (1-0-0-0). Power plays – Seattle 0-5; Tri-City 0-5. Referees – Nick Bilko, Mike Campbell. Linesmen – Bevan Mills, Justin Nicol.