Kennewick, WA- The Tri-City Americans (5-8-1-0, 11 pts) and Vancouver Giants (4-7-2-1, 11 pts) faced off in a battle of goaltenders on Friday night. Evan Sarthou made 31 saves and allowed only one goal as the Americans earned a 2-1 win in overtime.
Tri-City came out strong and got the better scoring chances in the first period, outshooting Vancouver 14-7 in the period. But neither team could get on the scoreboard after one period.
The Americans broke the tie 10 seconds into the second, as Parker Bowles slapped home a rebound for a 1-0 lead. Shots were even at 12 in the period, but the Americans maintained the lead going into the third.
In the third, Tri-City had some solid chances to take a two-goal lead. But Vancouver was able to tie the game with less than eight minutes left in the third. Ty Ronning was left all alone at the side of the net, scoring off a feed from Chase Lang. The game couldn’t be decided in regulation, but the game was decided in overtime. A delayed penalty put four skaters on the ice for Tri-City, and Juuso Valimaki got the puck to Jordan Topping, tipping the puck into the net for the game winning goal.
Tri-City snaps a four game losing streak and a two game home losing streak.
The Americans spent four minutes in the penalty box, and didn’t get a power play chance. The Giants were unsuccessful with two power play chances and didn’t record any penalty minutes.
Sarthou has allowed one goal in the last nine periods against Vancouver. Payton Lee stopped 38 shots in the loss.
The Americans will travel to Canada tomorrow to face the Vancouver Giants this Sunday, Nov. 1. Game time is at 5 p.m. at Pacific Coliseum. Tri-City lost the last meeting in Vancouver, 2-1 on Oct. 16. Listen to the game on NewsTalk 870, or watch the game through WHL Live or at Kimo’s, your Americans home away from home.
Jack in the Box Three Stars
1. Jordan Topping, Tri-City
2. Evan Sarthou, Tri-City
3. Payton Lee, Vancouver