Everett beats Tri-City in OT, 3-2Posted: Updated:
EVERETT, Wash. - For the second straight night, the Tri-City Americans found themselves in overtime on the road. But, on Wednesday night in Everett, it was the home team that got to celebrate.
Two minutes into overtime, Graham Potuer launched the game-winning shot over Chet Pickard's glove, as the Everett Silvertips (15-14-0-2, 32 pts) slipped past the visiting Tri-City Americans (21-6-1-0, 43 pts) 3-2 at Comcast Arena in Everett. The goal was Potuer's second of the season and snapped Everett's five-game losing skid. Despite the loss, however, Tri-City managed to gain ground on U.S. Division-leading Spokane, who fell 2-1 in Lethbridge. The Americans now sit only four points back of the Chiefs for first-place.
And, it was the Americans that struck first in this one, as Colton Yellow Horn picked up his team-high 18th goal of the season. Just 3:31 into the contest, Yellow Horn, from behind the goal line, fired the puck that found a way into the goal, via Everett net minder Leland Irving.
However, the lead did not last long, as Everett tied the game at 1 mid-way through the period. Recent addition Clayton Bauer redirected a shot in the slot, past Pickard, and sent the teams into the locker room knotted. The ‘Tips took the lead just past midway of the second period when Dane Crowley, part of a 3-on-2 breakaway, beat Pickard with a blast from the right circle.
But, Tri-City responded in the third period. On a delayed Everett penalty, Kruise Reddick let a shot go from the slot that beat Irving to tie the game at 2-apiece. After several key saves by both goaltenders throughout the remainder of the period, the contest needed overtime. In the extra session, despite early momentum by Tri-City, the ‘Tips were able to keep the puck in the Americans zone for well over a minute. After a poor clearing pass, Potuer picked up the puck before it crossed the blue line and fired home the game-winner.
Irving finished with 25 saves on 27 shots, while Pickard stopped 30 shots in the loss. Everett out shot Tri-City 33-to-27 in the contest, but went 0-for-5 on the man-advantage. Meanwhile, Tri-City was 0-for-1 on the power play.
After collecting their first overtime loss of the season and second overtime contest in as many nights, the Americans will get a day off before they take on the Silvertips yet again on Friday, December 7 at Comcast Arena. Game time for the re-match is 7:35 PM. You can catch all the action live on NewsTalk 870 AM, starting with the Budweiser Warm-up show at 7:20 PM. The game will also be broadcast live, via WHL WebTV, at the Americans' home away from home, Kimo's Sports Café and R.F. McDougall's in Richland.