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Americans snag shootout win over Giants

Chris Mast

Everett, WA – The Tri-City Americans played their final of three games at the Delta Hotels Preseason Tournament hosted by the Everett Silvertips today. For the second time this weekend the game ended in a shootout win for the Americans.

Isaac Johnson scored both of the Americans goals against the Vancouver Giants. The first came 16:52 into the first period on the power play, assisted by Kyle Olson and Tom Cadieux. The team showed strength on the power play throughout the weekend finishing 5/16 with a man-advantage.

Johnson’s second goal was unassisted only :26 seconds into the second period and stands as Tri-City’s only even-strength goal of the weekend. He ends the preseason tournament leading the Americans in points (2-2-4).

Twenty-year-old Davis Koch scored the Giants first goal on a power play at 3:14 into the second period. The rest of the second period was highlighted by penalties. Four players from each Tri-City (Newell, Brown, Bruce, Clayton) and Vancouver (Dahliwal, Bulych, Hardy, Koch) received a fighting major and game misconduct. The game finished with 72 total penalty minutes for Vancouver and 70 for Tri-City.

A late third period goal from Justin Sourdif tied the game for the Giants and sent the game into overtime. Jared Dmytriw received a tripping penalty 1:30 into overtime, but the Americans were unable to capitalize on the two-minute power play.

Rookie goaltender Talyn Boyko stopped 25/27 Vancouver shots before denying all four shots in his second shootout of the weekend.

Seventeen-year-old Connor Bouchard scored the only goal in the four-round shootout to steal the win for the Americans.

SCORING SUMMARY:

1st period-

PEN 8:16 TC – Bouchard (interference)

PEN 8:44 VAN – Plouffe (hooking)

PEN 15:39 VAN – Valenti (too many men)

GOAL 16:52 TC – Johnson (Olson, Cadieux) (PP)

PEN 17:21 TC – Lajoie (slashing)

2nd period-

GOAL :26 TC – Johnson (unassisted)

PEN 2:30 TC – Bouchard (kneeing)

GOAL 3:14 VAN -Koch (Holt, Plouffe) (PP)

PEN 18:20 TC – Newell (unsportsmanlike cnd., major-fighting, game misconduct)

PEN 18:20 VAN – Dahliwal (charging, major-fighting, game misconduct)

PEN 18:36 TC – Brown (major-fighting, game misconduct)

PEN  18:36 TC – Bruce (instigator, major-fighting, game misconduct)

PEN 18:36 TC – Clayton (major-fighting, game misconduct)

PEN 18:36 VAN – Bulych (major-fighting, game misconduct)

PEN 18:36 VAN – Hardy (major-fighting, game misconduct)

PEN 18:36 VAN – Koch (major-fighting, game misconduct)

PEN 18:36 VAN – Sourdif (cross checking)

3rd period-

PEN 8:31 VAN – Plouffe (hooking)

GOAL 16:11 VAN – Sourdif (Watts, Brown)

Overtime-

PEN 1:50 VAN – Dmytriw (tripping)

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