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Americans Defeat Thunderbirds in Overtime

Kent, WA- The Tri-City Americans (14-18-1-0, 29 pts) won an exciting game, with Jordan Topping netting the game winner, helping Tri-City defeat the Seattle Thunderbirds (18-11-3-0, 39 pts) 3-2 in front of 3,171 at ShoWare Center on Friday Night.

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Each team had a couple scoring chances in the first, with Seattle outshooting Tri-City 11-10. Neither team was able to score a goal in the first period.

Tri-City got on the board 6:53 into the second on the power play. Beau McCue’s second effort from the slot put the puck into the net for a 1-0 lead. Midway through the period, Seattle tied the game at one, as Jerret Smith cleaned up a rebound at the right side of the net. Shots were even at 10 in the period.

Seattle gained the lead 8:36 into the third, as a 2-on-1 allowed Donovan Neuls to slap home a shot for a 2-1 advantage. The Americans pressed to get the tying goal, and found it with less than five minutes remaining in the third. Parker Bowles fired a shot five-hole that lit the red lamp to tie the score at two. Neither team could find a winner in regulation, sending the game to overtime.

It took 42 seconds for the Americans to find the winner, as Topping slapped a backhand shot into the net for the win.

Tri-City has tied a season-high three game win streak and snaps a 12-game losing streak against Seattle at ShoWare Center.

The Americans were 1-of-6 on the power play and recorded 19 penalty minutes while the Thunderbirds converted 1-of-5 power play opportunities and spent 21 minutes in the penalty box.

Nicholas Sanders stopped 27 shots in the win while Logan Flodell made 32 saves in the loss.

Tri-City will travel back to Kennewick to face the Thunderbirds tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 19, to end the first half of the season. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. at the Toyota Center. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations, including the Toyota Center Box Office, at any Fred Meyer outlet or online at Ticketmaster.com.

Jack in the Box Three Stars
1. Donovan Neuls, Seattle
2. Parker Bowles, Tri-City
3. Jerret Smith, Seattle

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