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Tri-City Americans Top Thunderbirds, 3-1

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by Tri-City Americans Media Relations

KENNEWICK, WA- The Tri-City Americans (2-1-0-0, 4 pts) wanted to end its three-game home stand on the right note, and they accomplished that, earning a 3-1 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds (1-2-0-0, 2 pts), 3-1, in front of 3,233 at the Toyota Center Friday night.

The Americans came out and set the tone early with some physical play and hustling to loose pucks. Tri-City had some great chances early, but was unable to capitalize on some shots in front of Seattle goaltender Taran Kozun. Tri-City broke the scoreless tie 16:35 into the first period as a scramble in front of the net left the puck sitting in front of an open goal and captain Justin Hamonic came to the puck and slapped it into the twine to make it 1-0 Americans. Tri-City led in shots in the first period, 10-7, and held the lead heading into the second period.

Seattle got an early power play to start the second period, but were unable to take advantage. The penalty kill gave the Americans a momentum boost, leading to the Americans' second goal. The puck found its way to Beau McCue in the slot, firing a wrist shot past Kozun to increase the Tri-City lead to 2-0. The Thunderbirds got on the scoreboard midway through the second period. Eric Comrie went behind his net to play the puck, and had the puck stolen from him by Donovan Neuls, who wrapped around and put the puck in the open net to cut the lead to one. But the Americans answered three minutes later, as Rodney Southam found himself on a breakaway after a lob pass from Maxwell James, with Southam sliding the puck through the legs of Kozun to score. Seattle had the shot lead in the period, 7-6, but trailed heading into the third period.

The Thunderbirds came out and pressed hard to get a goal and spark a comeback, but Eric Comrie and the Americans defense was up to the task. Seattle outshot Tri-City 8-4 in the third period, but couldn't get anything else past Comrie in net, as the Americans cruised to the 3-1 victory.

In the three opening games for the Americans, no team has scored in the third period. The Americans end a two-game losing streak against the Thunderbirds dating back to last season.

The game was quiet in the penalty box, with the teams combining for 21 penalty minutes, including 13 Americans penalty minutes. Seattle was 0-for-4 on the power play while Tri-City was 0-for-2 on the man advantage.

Comrie played great in net, stopping 22-of-23 shots in the win, while Seattle's Taran Kozun made 17 saves in the loss.

Tri-City will hit the road for seven straight games starting tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 27, taking on the Spokane Chiefs (1-0-0-0, 2 pts) in the Spokane Arena in Spokane's home opener. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. Spokane earned a win against the Americans in Tri-City's home opener last Saturday, Sept. 20, spoiling the Americans' opening night, 4-2.  
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