Victoria, BC- Tri-City and Victoria were evenly
matched once again, as the game could not be decided in regulation.
When it looked like it was going to a shootout, Michal Plutnar
fired a shot from the point that deflected into the air, landed in front of the
crease and trickled through the legs of Patrik Polivka into the back of the net
with 0.3 seconds on the clock in overtime, giving the Tri-City Americans
(22-14-1-2, 47 pts) a 3-2 win against the Victoria Royals
(19-16-0-2, 40 pts) in dramatic fashion.
Tri-City has won two straight while Victoria dropped their second
straight game. Tri-City extends their win streak in the Save-On Foods Memorial
Arena to four games.
Victoria got off to a quick start as Jordan Fransoo hit a slap shot
that deflected off the back boards, and hit off the back of Eric Comrie into the
net for a 1-0 lead. Tri-City would swing the momentum in their favor midway
through the period as Brian Williams would fire a slap shot into the back of the
net to tie the game at one. Both teams had their fair share of chances with
Victoria outshooting Tri-City 8-7, but Tri-City was able to carry momentum
heading into the second period.
The second period was quiet with both goalies stealing the show.
Tri-City had 11 shots compared to Victoria's 10, but neither team could score.
Lucas Nickles was stopped on a breakaway by Polivka, and Comrie made a couple of
incredible saves to keep the game tied.
The Royals would break the tie in the third period. Steven Hodges
grabbed a loose puck in front of the net and fired a wrist shot that got past
Comrie to make it 2-1 early in the third. But the Americans would persevere and
tie the game again. Zachary Yuen would fire a slap shot through traffic and into
the net to make the game even at two. Both teams had chances to end the game,
with Hodges getting stoned on the doorstop by Comrie and Polivka holding strong
on a late Americans power play. Neither team could end the game in regulation
which forced the game to overtime.
In overtime both teams had their chances and it seemed like the
game was going to be decided in a shootout until Plutnar stunned the crowd in
With points tonight, Williams and Connor Rankin extend their second
half point streaks to four games. Justin Feser's assist tonight moves him into
10th alone on the Americans all-time assist list.
Comrie made 27 saves in the win, while Polivka made 31 saves in the
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Parker Bowles netted the game winning goal 10:46 into overtime to lift the Tri-City Americans past the Spokane Chiefs 5-4 in overtime at the Toyota Center in Game 3 of the 2013 WHL First Round Playoff Series.More >>
Kennewick, WA- Tri-City was pushed to the brink of a 3-0 deficit. But the Americans stared that fate down and would not be denied a win tonight.
Tri-City scored three goals in the second period to tie the game, and Parker Bowles netted the game winning goal 10:46 into overtime to lift the Tri-City Americans past the Spokane Chiefs 5-4 in overtime at the Toyota Center in Game 3 of the 2013 WHL First Round Playoff Series.More >>