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Americans Fall to Thunderbirds 4-2

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by Tri-City Americans Media Relations

KENT, WA - After a gut wrenching loss in Kennewick on Friday, the Seattle Thunderbirds (20-16-2-3, 45 pts) got a little revenge on the Tri-City Americans (20-20-0-2, 42 pts), as Seattle earned a 4-2 win in front of 3,602 fans at the ShoWare Center on Sunday night.

Seattle came out and played well, gaining a 1-0 lead midway through the first period on a Shea Theodore power play goal. The Thunderbirds dominated in shots, 20-6, but the Americans were only down by a goal going into the second period.

Early in the second period, the Thunderbirds increased the lead to 2-0 as Alexander True tipped a puck in front of the net that deflected into the goal to give Seattle a two-goal lead. Midway through the second, the lead increased to 3-0 as Cory Millette scored his first goal in a Thunderbirds uniform. The Thunderbirds weren't done in the second period, as Nolan Volcan netted a goal to put Seattle ahead 4-0 after two periods.

Tri-City tried to get something going in the third to get back into the game. Midway through the third, Lucas Nickles grabbed a faceoff win by Justin Gutierrez and fired a wrist shot past Taran Kozun to get the Americans on the board, 4-1. The Americans were able to get another goal with less than two minutes remaining in the game, as Richard Nejezchleb was able to scoop up a loose puck and fire a wrist shot into the net to cut the lead to 4-2. But Tri-City couldn't get another goal on the board after that, allowing Seattle to cruise to the win.

Tri-City snapped a two game win streak with the loss. Seattle now has a three point cushion over Tri-City for fourth place in the U.S. Division.

The Americans recorded 19 penalty minutes while failing to convert on its lone power play chance. Seattle recorded nine penalty minutes and was 2-of-6 with the man advantage.

Evan Sarthou stopped 42 shots in the loss while Taran Kozun made 31 saves in the win.

The Americans have a couple days off before they are back on the road, playing against the league-leading Kelowna Rockets (33-7-3-0, 69 pts) this Wednesday, Jan. 14 at Prospera Place. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. The Americans lost the last meeting against the Rockets in Kelowna, 4-0, on Oct. 22. 

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