Rimmer, Tri-City defense stifle high-octane Raiders 2-1Posted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, Wash. – As Americans' broadcaster, Craig West, would say, "You wouldn't hang it in the Louvre." But, Tri-City will take 2 points any which way they can get them.
Brendan Shinnimin and Brian Williams each scored, while Ty Rimmer stopped 29 shots to help guide the Tri-City Americans (6-2-0-0, 12 pts) past the visiting Prince Albert Raiders (3-6-0-1, 7 pts) 2-1 in front of 3,106 fans at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. With the win, the Americans have now won three straight and improve to 4-0 at home. Meanwhile, the Raiders fall to 2-2 on their U.S. Division swing and remain winless at the Toyota Center in their last seven trips.
The Americans tested rookie goaltender Cole Holowenko early and often in the first period. Thanks in large part to three power plays in the period, Tri-City finished the period with a 12 to 5 shot advantage. However, it wasn't until the 14:42 mark of the first that Tri-City finally connected. With just 8 seconds left on their third power play, Zachary Yuen set-up Brian Williams in the right circle, who shelved a shot over the fallen Holowenko. For Williams, it was his second goal of the season as Tri-City took the 1-0 lead.
The Raiders, though, continued to give the Americans fits, constantly plugging neutral ice and making it difficult for Tri-City to utilize their speed effectively. However, a heads-up play by Shinnimin in the closing minute of the second period, allowed the Americans to extend their lead. While killing off a Malte Strömwall penalty, Mitch Topping missed Shinnimin on a clearing pass, but forced Holowenko to make a play on the puck. The Raiders' netminder lost control of the rebound, which slowly rolled out towards the left circle. Shinnimin, though, never gave up on the play, and eventually corralled the loose puck before lifting a shot over Holowenko to make it a 2-0 game.
Now down by two, Prince Albert was forced to take more chances, opening up the contest. The teams combined for 32 shots in the final period, as the game turned into a nail-bitter down the stretch. After several near-misses, some great saves by Rimmer and three shots off the post, Prince Albert finally got a bit of luck. With 2:09 left in regulation, and after Tyler Yaworski's shot rang off the post, the rebound landed right in front of Shane Danyluk, who scored his third of the season to pull the Raiders to within one.
Head coach Bruno Campese pulled Holowenko for the extra attacker shortly thereafter, as his club looked for the equalizer. But, Rimmer and the Americans' defense held strong, earning the 2-1 victory. Both goaltenders played well enough to win, but it was Rimmer who improved to 4-1 on the year. Meanwhile, despite 37 saves, Holowenko saw his record drop to 1-3. Tri-City finished the night 1-for-8 on the power play and was a perfect 2-of-2 on the penalty kill.
Following a practice day on Thursday, the Americans will kick-off a weekend tripleheader on Friday, October 14 vs. the Brandon Wheat Kings (4-2-0-1). Game time is 7:05 p.m. at the Toyota Center. Tri-City will be looking to start a season 5-0 at home for the fifth time in the last six years. Meanwhile, Brandon, who kicked off their U.S. Division swing with a 4-3 loss in Spokane, has lost three of their last four meeting with Tri-City, including their last two visits to Kennewick.