KENT, September 12, 2015 – The Tri-City Americans defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-2 Saturday night at the Red Lion Hotels’ Preseason Tournament at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.
The T-Birds are now 2-3-0-0 in the preseason with one game remaining. 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.
Seattle took a 1-0 lead at 6:31 of the first period on Alexander True’s first goal of the preseason. Jared Hauf had the only assist.
The Americans came back and quickly tied the game 1-1 at 8:20 of the first. Vladislav Lukin had the goal on an assist from Taylor Vickerman.
Tri-City outshot Seattle 9-8 in the first period.
Tri-City took a 3-1 lead early in the second period on goals from Beau McCue at 1:47 and 4:30 of the period. Tyler Sandhu assisted on McCue’s first goal while Jordan Topping and Dylan Coghlan had the assists on the second McCue goal.
The Americans led 26-16 in shots after two periods by outshooting the T-Bird 17-8 in the period.
Kaden Elder cut the Americans lead to one goal at 7:19 of the third period. True and Nolan Volcan had the assists.
Logan Flodell started in goal for the T-Bird and stopped 29 of 32 shots.
Evan Sarthou stared for the Americans in goal and he had 23 saves on 25 shots.
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 – 1, Seattle, True 1 (Hauf), 6:31. 2, Tri-City, Lukin 2 (Vickerman),8:20. Penalties – McCue, Tri (roughing), 17:01. Osterman, Sea (roughing),17:01. Cochrane, Tri (roughing), 17:01.
Second period – 3, Tri-City, McCue 1 (Sandhu), 1:47. 4, Tri-City, McCue 2 (Topping, Coghlan), 4:30. Penalties – Hauf, Sea (slashing), 2:22. Hauf, Sea (roughing), 7:22. McCue, Tri (roughing), 7:22. Williams, Tri (roughing), 7:22.
Third period – 5, Seattle, Elder 1 (True, Volcan), 7:19. Penalties – Friesen, Tri (goaltender interference), 4:40. Vickerman, Tri (cross checking), 5:19. Olson, Tri (boarding), 7:40. Friesen, Tri (slashing), 11:22. W. Bear (roughing),17:54. Williams, Tri (roughing), 17:54.
Shots on goal – Seattle 8-8-9 25, Tri-City 9-17-6 32. Goalies – Seattle, Flodell 32 shots-29 saves (1-1-0-0); Tri-City, Sarthou 25-23 (1-2-0-0). Power plays –Seattle 0-6; Tri-City 0-1. Referees – Jason Nissen, Andrew Wilk. Linesmen –Jarrod Bowman, Joel Nyberg.