Macaulay Scores 2 as Ams Defeat Broncos 3-2Posted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, WA - Both Joe Cocker and The Beatles needed a little help from their friends. On Monday night in Kennewick, Chet Pickard needed his friend, Blair Macaulay.
Macaulay recorded his second-career multi-goal game, including the game-winning goal with 5:10 remaining in regulation, to lift the Tri-City Americans (23-7-1-0, 47 pts) to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Swift Current Broncos (17-12-0-5, 39 pts) in front of 5,717 fans at Toyota Center. The win was Tri-City's second straight over Swift Current and improved their home record to 15-2 on the season. The victory also kept Tri-City four points back of division-leading Spokane. Meanwhile, the Broncos dropped their second consecutive contest and have lost seven of their last 10 games.
Tri-City spent a majority of the game in their own zone, as Swift Current out shot the Americans 33-to-21, but it was Tri-City that struck first in the game.
While killing off a Tyler Schmidt hooking penalty, Brett Plouffe and Drew Hoff were able to breakout Macaulay, who collected his first short-handed goal of the season with five minutes remaining in the first period. It was Tri-City's league-high 11th shorthanded goal of the 07-08 campaign.
However, with just three minutes gone into the second period, Swift Current responded. While on the power play, David Stieler recorded his 10th goal of the season to tie the game at 1-all. But, nearly two minutes later, Kruise Reddick put Tri-City back on top 2-1 with his 16th goal of the season. Adam Hughesman and Colton Yellow Horn assisted on the play, extending Yellow Horn's point streak to a career-best 15 games. The 15-game point streak also matches the League-high for the 2007-08 season.
But, with less than seven minutes remaining in the third period, Pickard, in an attempt to corral the puck, went to knock a dump-in shot by Ryan Molle out of the air. However, Pickard's stick was angled just-so and the puck dropped to the ice and into the net, tying the game at 2-apeice. The goal ruined what was shaping up to be a first-star performance by Pickard.
With the momentum seemingly gone from the building, the game seemed destined for overtime. But, after an outlet pass from Shaun Vey, Macaulay ripped a shot from the slot and past Broncos netminder Travis Yonkman, for the eventual game-winner. Pickard made up for the goal by stopping 11 shots in the period, including a 6-on-4 Broncos opportunity with less than a minute to play. Pickard finished the game with 31 saves on 33 shots faced to earn his career-best 19th win of the season. Meanwhile, Yonkman stopped18 of 21 shots in a losing effort. The Broncos power play went 1-for-6 on the night, while Tri-City was 0-for-2 on the man-advantage.