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KENT, WA - After a deflating loss to their rivals the night before, the Tri-City Americans picked themselves off the mat on Sunday and continued to fight for the 2009-10 U.S. Division crown.


Making up the game in hand they held on the Everett Silvertips in the division standings, the Tri-City Americans (44-18-1-2, 91 pts) got goals from six different skaters as they defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds (17-36-7-5, 46 pts) 6-3 in front of 3,577 fans at ShoWare Center.  With the win, Tri-City has now won four straight vs. the T'birds and, with seven games left to play, moved four points ahead of the idle ‘Tips.  Meanwhile, after winning three straight games to start to start the week, Seattle has now dropped their last two.


However, just 24 seconds into the contest, the Americans took one on the chin.  From the right circle, Branden Troock fired a puck in on Alexander Pechurskiy.  Pechurskiy could not control the rebound, which went straight to Colin Jacobs and, subsequently, buried a shot to put the T'birds up 1-0.


But, while on the power play six minutes later, Tri-City got things going offensively.  Notching a goal in his third straight game, Patrick Holland tied it with a backhander that beat Calvin Pickard top shelf.  Then, with 3:08 remaining in the period, the Americans took the lead for good.  Brendan Shinnimin fired a pass from out of the corner to Tyler Schmidt who, from the mid-point, let a shot go that ricocheted off a T'birds defender and over the glove arm of Pickard.


At the 7:29 mark of the second period and on the power play, Tri-City made it a 3-1 game when Kruise Reddick beat Pickard high on the blocker side for his 17th goal of the season.  But, six minutes later and on a power play of their own, Tyler Alos tucked the puck inside the near post to cut Seattle's deficit down to one.


Three minutes later, though, Tri-City responded when Seattle tried to clear the puck out of their zone.  A poor clearing pass ended up on the stick of Mason Wilgosh, who sent it to Jordan Messier in the mid-slot.  Messier then found daylight past Pickard, putting the Americans back on top by two.


By the 5:37 mark of the third period, Tri-City collected twice more to break the game open.  At the 4:26 mark of the period and on the power play, Brooks Macek got Pickard going across the crease, then beat him short side on the blocker to make it a 5-2 game.  Then, 1:11 later, defenseman Zachary Yuen notched his first WHL goal, giving Tri-City a four-goal cushion.  Seattle's Luke Lockhart tipped in a Ryan Aasman shot near the midway point of the period, but it would be all the offense the T'birds could muster.


Pechurskiy finished the night with 27 saves on 30 shots in the win.  Meanwhile, Pickard stopped 41 shots in the loss.  Tri-City finished 3-for-5 on the power play, while Seattle was 1-for-4 on the man-advantage.