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Americans Drop Another 7-Spot, Beat Portland 7-3

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KENNEWICK, Wash - Their opponents could not have been more different the past two nights, but the outcome remained the same; another notch in the win column after seven Tri-City goals.

Led by Taylor Procyshen's two goals and Shaun Vey's three points, the Tri-City Americans (42-12-1-2, 87 pts) defeated the Portland Winter Hawks (9-48-1-1, 20 pts) 7-3 for the second time in three nights in front of 3,805 fans at Toyota Center in Kennewick. The win extended the Americans' winning streak to seven games, as they increased their lead to four points over Spokane, who lost in Seattle, in the U.S. Division and Western Conference title race. Despite three games in three nights, the Americans went a perfect 3-0, outscoring their opponents 19 to 7 over the weekend. Meanwhile, the loss continued Portland's losing skid, now at 14 games.

Offensively, the Americans did not miss a beat and they showed it off in the first period. Just past the midway point of the period, and on the power play, Taylor Procyshen recorded his first of two goals on the night to put Tri-City up 1-0. Exactly one minute later, the Americans made it 2-0 after Radek Meidl picked up his fifth of the season.

After just missing a shorthanded chance with seconds remaining in the first period, Tri-City quickly collected their 20th shorthanded goal, after Blair Macaulay beat Portland netminder Kurtis Mucha with less than 30 seconds gone in the second period. However, Tri-City let the 'Hawks get back into the game, as Portland scored two goals less than two minutes apart to pull to within one, at 3-2. Portland's first came courtesy of Nick Dietrich's first goal of the season. At the 11:30 mark of the period, the 'Hawks made it a one-goal game after Travis Bobbee's fourth goal of the season. But, with just under four minutes left in the period, Colton Yellow Horn registered his League-leading 43rd tally of the season, to put Tri-City back on top by two headed into the second intermission.

Tri-City regained their three goal lead early in the final period, as Procyshen collected his second of the night and his fifth in his last three games. Two minutes later, Portland tallied a rare power play goal, off the stick of Matt Schmermund, to make it a 5-3 game, but it was all the 'Hawks could muster against Tri-City starter Kyle Birch. Birch finished with 15 saves in picking up his sixth win of the season. The Americans added two more late goals by Shaun Vey and Johnny Lazo to cap the scoring in the contest. Tri-City finished with a 45 to 18 shots on goal advantage in the game, while not allowing the 'Hawks more than seven shots in any one period of play. Mucha stopped 38 of the shots he faced in the loss. Meanwhile, the Tri-City power play went 1-for-4, while Portland was 1-for-5 on the man-advantage.

The upcoming week does not get any easier for the Americans, who just finished a four games in six nights stretch. Tri-City will round out this week with another four games, the first coming on Wednesday, February 13 against the Seattle Thunderbirds. Game time is 7:05 p.m. at Toyota Center. The Americans are 4-3 against the T'birds this season and have won four of the last five match-ups.