Kennewick, WA- Brian Williams scored the game winning goal 18 seconds into overtime, as the Tri-City Americans (12-9-0-2 26 pts.) defeated the Everett Silvertips (13-3-3-0 29 pts.) 4-3 in the back end of a home and home swing Saturday night at the Toyota Center.
The Americans have now won seven of its last nine games, while extending its home-ice winning streak to four games. The victory also jumped the team to fifth place in the Western Conference.
Prior to tonight’s game, the Americans had been shutout in two consecutive meetings against the Silvertips, but that would not be the case tonight, as Tri-City needed just 3:05 to get on the board. After a Brian Williams deflection rang off the cross bar, Connor Rankin was sitting on the door step to put away his seventh goal of the season, giving the Americans an early 1-0 edge.
Just 2:32 later, however, the Silvertips responded on the power play. After Eric Comrie made the initial save on Logan Aasman’s shot, Kohl Bauml knocked a bouncing puck into the net, tying the game at one.
Later in the period, Everett forced a turnover behind the Americans goal and appeared to have a wide open net to shoot at, but Mitch Topping got his body in front of the puck to preserve the first period tie.
Tri-City got its first power play of the game in the final minute of the opening period, and took full advantage. Williams took the pass from Rankin just outside the faceoff circle, and snapped the puck top shelf, over Daniel Cotton’s shoulder, to give Tri-City a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.
At the 15:37 mark of the second period, Rodney Southam took a four-minute double minor for high sticking, giving a dangerous Silvertips power play extended time with the man advantage. But, it would be the Americans to capitalize on the Everett power play. Beau McCue stole the puck in the offensive zone and sent a wrist shot into the Everett goal, giving Tri-City a 3-1 lead.
While the teams skated 4-on-4, Everett closed the gap with 15.3 seconds remaining in the second period after Williams and Mirco Mueller exchanged minor penalties. Tyler Sandhu scored on Comrie for the second consecutive night, shrinking the Americans’ lead down to one goal after 40 minutes.
Everett would then tie the game early in the third period, after Comrie was called for tripping. Josh Winquist scored his 15th goal of the season, tying the game at three.
The Silvertips controlled the play late in the third period, pinning the Americans deep in its zone, and tested Comrie on several occasions. With 1:43 left on the clock, it appeared that Winquist had given Everett a late lead, but after video review, officials ruled he had deflected the puck in with a high stick and ruled it a no goal.
With the game still locked at three in the dying seconds of the period, Ben Betker attempted to clear the puck off the glass, but the puck sailed into the crowd for a delay of game penalty.
Tri-City could not capitalize in the final 10 seconds of the third period, but need only 18 seconds in overtime to put the game away. Williams took the centering pass from Bowles and ended the game with his second marker of the night.
The Americans scored three of its four goals with its special teams tonight, scoring on two of its three power plays while also adding its second shorthanded goal of the season.
The Tri-City Americans will be back in action Friday, November 15, when it hosts the Regina Pats (11-9-0-0, 22 pts) for the first and only time this season. Puck drops from the Toyota Center at 7:05 p.m. PST. Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, including the Toyota Center box office, all Fred Meyer locations, or online at ticketmaster.com.
Jack In Box Three Stars
1) Brian Williams, Tri-City
2) Josh Winquist, Everett
3) Beau McCue, Tri-City