Beach Does It Again; Americans Drop Fourth StraightPosted: Updated:
The night started off poorly for Tri-City, as the ‘Tips jumped out to a two-goal lead in the first period. Everett's Dan Gendur registered his 14th and 15th goals of the season in the period to pace the Silvertips. But, with less than four minutes remaining in the period, Jason Reese put Tri-City on the board with his 17th goal of the season.
The Silvertips held their one-goal lead throughout the second period and into the final frame. However, with just 2:05 gone in the third period and on the power play, Colton Yellow Horn used his 27th goal of the season to tie the game at 2-apiece.
Both teams had several near-chances throughout the remainder of regulation and the overtime period, but the game eventually headed into a shootout. Beach connected on Everett's second attempt in the shootout for the ‘Tips only mark, but the Americans went 0-for-3 to fall to 2-and-2 in shootouts. This season, Tri-City has lost only three post-regulation contests, with all three losses coming at the hands of the Silvertips. Tri-City goaltender Chet Pickard stopped 28 shots in the loss, while Everett netminder Leland Irving collected 24 saves in the win. The Americans finished 1-for-6 on the power play, while the ‘Tips went 1-for-8 on the man-advantage.
With the win, Everett now leads the best-of-10 series 5-to-3. The two teams will not meet again until March.
The Americans will now head back to the friendly confines of the Toyota Center, where a match-up with the B.C. Division's Kamloops Blazers awaits on Friday, January 11. Game time is 7:05 PM for the last regular-season contest between the two clubs. Tri-City owns a 2-1 lead in the four-game series, but the Blazers won the last game back on January 4 in British Columbia. You can catch all the action live on NewsTalk 870 AM, starting with the Budweiser Warm-up Show at 6:45 PM. Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, including the Toyota Center box office, all Fred Meyer outlets, or online at Ticketmaster.com.