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Tri-City Blitzes Seattle, 7-1

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Tri-City Americans defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 7-1 Tuesday night at the Toyota Center.

Tyler Schmidt scored a power-play goal at 3:30 of the first to give the Americans a 1-0 lead. Adam Hughesman and Jordan Messier had the assists.

Zach Yuen scored at 5:26 of the first to extend the Tri-City lead to 2-0 at 5:26 of the first.  Hughesman and Brendan Shinnimin were credited with the assists.

The Americans went in front 3-0 at 10:42 of the first on a goal from David Conrad. Max Moline and Brock Sutherland had the assists.

Tri-City (25-12-1-1) made it a 4-0 lead at 13:49 of the first on Schmidt's second goal of the night. Hughesman and Shinnimin assisted.

Tri-City outshot Seattle 14-7 in the first period.

The Americans went up 5-0 when Patrick Holland scored unassisted on a breakaway 29 seconds into the second period. Holland blocked a point shot which landed in the neutral zone to set up his breakaway.

Tri-City replaced Drew Owsley in net at the 13-minute mark of the second period with Chris Driedger. Owsley made 10 saves and got the win to improve his record to 22-11-1-1.

Burke Gallimore scored a power-play goal at 19:15 of the second period to get the T-Birds on the board. Marcel Noebels fed the puck to Ryan Button at the left point. Button put a shot on goal that rebounded right to Gallimore to the left of the goal. Gallimore snapped the puck over a lunging Driedger for his 23rd goal of the year. The assist by Button was his first point as a T-Bird after being acquired from the Prince Albert Raiders on Monday.

The Americans led in shots 35-15 after two periods.

Tri-City went in front 6-1 at 4:42 of the third period on a goal from Justin Feser. Holland had the only assist on the goal.

Feser scored a power-play goal at 8:05 of the third to give the Americans a 7-1 lead. Schmidt and Yuen assisted on the goal.

Tri-City outshot Seattle (17-17-4-4) 52-18 in the game.

Pickard made 45 saves on 52 shots and his record is now 17-15-3-4.

Driedger stopped 7 of 8 shots in his 27 minutes of action.


First period – 1, Tri-City, Schmidt 6 (Hughesman, Messier), 3:39 (pp). 2, Tri-City, Yuen 5 (Hughesman, Shinnimin), 5:26. 3, Tri-City, Conrad 4, 10:42. 4, Tri-City, Schmidt 7 (Hughesman, Shinnimin), 13:49. Penalties – Rouse, Sea (holding), 2:34. Bonsor, Sea (delay of game), 10:54. Dillon, Sea (elbowing), 12:59.

Second period – 5, Tri-City, Holland 13, :29. 6, Seattle, Gallimore 23 (Button, Noebels), 19:15. Penalties – Moline, Tri (slashing), 7:23. Rouse, Sea (holding), 8:55. Dillon, Sea (slashing), 10:51. Sohor, Tri (interference), 17:19.

Third period – 7, Tri-City, Feser 13 (Holland), 4:42. 8, Tri-City, Feser 14 (Schmidt, Yuen), 8:05 (pp). Penalties – Lund, Sea (hooking), 1:40. Sutherland, Tri (major-fighting), 7:39. Doty, Sea (charging, major-fighting), 7:39. Elliot, Sea (unsportsmanlike conduct), 8:05. Schmidt, Tri (major-fighting), 11:05. Elliot, Sea (instigator, major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 11:05. Dillon, Sea (major-fighting, game misconduct), 11:05. Prokop, Tri (major-fighting, game misconduct), 11:05. Hickman, Sea (tripping), 15:48. Sutherland, Tri (kneeing), 19:07.

Shots on goal – Seattle 7-8-3 18. Tri-City 14-21-17 52. Goalies – Seattle, Pickard 52 shots-45 saves (17-15-3-4); Tri-City, Owsley 10-10 (21-11-0-1); Driedger 8-7. Power plays – Seattle 1-3; Tri-City 3-10. A – 3,535. Referee – Jeff Ingram, Jason Nissen. Linesmen – Chris Carlson, Brian Fortin.