KENNEWICK, WA – On Saturday night, the Americans successfully took down the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-2 in a fast paced game.
The first period was a battle of the goalies with both Nicholas Sanders and Logan Flodell stuffing all of the chances that came their way. With neither team able to net a goal, we headed to the second period tied 0-0.
In the second, the Americans came out of the locker room fast and furious. Juuso Välimäki scored on a pinpoint shot into the top left corner of the net, three minutes into the period. However, the Thunderbirds had an answer on the power play a few minutes later as Ethan Bear scored with 11 minutes remaining in the 2nd.
Coming into the 3rd, the Americans wanted to pour on the intensity and Morgan Geekie was able to chip in a goal on the power play just over a minute into the period. The Thunderbirds were again able to answer with a goal from Alexander True a minute later. The Americans turned to their veterans to finish the game with Parker Wotherspoon putting a cap on the end of a power play with a goal to put the Americans in the lead once again. Geekie didn’t want the TBirds to have any thoughts of trying to respond again and put in his second goal of the night off of a great tic-tac-toe play with the man advantage.
The Americans finish the Red Lion Preseason Tournament with a 2-1 record and a 3-3 overall record in the preseason. They are back at it next week as they take on the Spokane Chiefs in a preseason matchup that will serve as a preview to their home opener a week after.
TC – Juuso Välimäki (Jordan Roy, Riley Sawchuk) 3:10
SEA – Ethan Bear (Sami Moilanen, Donovan Neuls) 9:07 (PP)
TC – Morgan Geekie (Jordan Topping, Tyler Sandhu) 1:15 (PP)
SEA – Alexander True (Turner Ottenbreit, Cavin Leth) 2:31
TC – Parker Wotherspoon (Jordan Topping, Nicholas Sanders) 8:33 (PP)
TC – Morgan Geekie (Parker Wotherspoon, Dylan Coghlan) 13:07 (PP)
TC – 3/5
SEA – 1/5
TC – 8:7:10 – 25
SEA – 4:9:7 – 20
TC – Nicholas Sanders (18/20, 60:00)
SEA – Logan Flodell (21/25, 57:40)