KENNEWICK, WA – In a game that featured many unusual aspects, the Americans were able to hold on for the win 5-3 over the Prince George Cougars.
The game started slow with the Cougars’ McDonald scoring just five minutes in. However, Keltie Jeri-Leon had an answer for the Americans at 10:06, rifling one in. From there, both teams had penalty issues, taking a combined six penalties in the first period.
In the second, the penalty issues would continue with both teams receiving another 6 combined. Tyler Sandhu drew a penalty shot after being taken down on a breakaway. He was, unfortunately, unable to capitalize on the penalty shot. Both team’s goaltenders, Beck Warm for the Americans and Nick McBride for the Cougars, were pulled at 8:09 left in the second to be replaced by their respective backups. The Cougars scored the lone goal in the second period, capitalizing on a power play with 2:23 remaining.
The third period saw a plethora of penalties with the teams combining for 12 of them through the final 20 minutes. The Americans continued to excel in the third period, putting 4 points on the board. Dakota Krebs started the scoring just 3:45 into the period with a cannon of a shot from the point. Carson Focht stuffed one in soon after to put the Americans up 3-2. The Cougars tied it up a few minutes later with McDonald’s second goal of the night. Carson Focht decided he needed a second of his own with a goal very similar to his first for the eventual game winning goal. With 1:30 left, Jordan Topping put the puck in an empty net as an insurance goal for the Americans to win it, 5-3.
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PG – Kody McDonald (Bartek Bison, Justin Almeida) 5:24
TC – Keltie Jeri-Leon (Jeff Rayman, Dalton Yorke) 10:06
PG – Jansen Harkins (Jesse Gabrielle, Tate Olson) 17:37 (PP)
TC – Dakota Krebs (Colten Gerlib, Sasha Mutala) 3:45 (PP)
TC – Carson Focht (Tyler Sandhu, Jordan Topping) 6:33
PG – Kody McDonald (Jesse Gabrielle, Jansen Harkins) 9:11 (PP)
TC – Carson Focht (Jordan Topping, Juuso Valimaki) 16:25 (PP)
TC – Jordan Topping (unassisted) 18:27 (EN)
TC – 11:10:15 – 36
PG – 9:9:10 – 28
TC – 2/5
PG – 2/7
TC – Beck Warm (31:51, 11/12), Nicholas Sanders (28:09, 14/16)
PG – Nick McBride (31:51, 18/19), Taylor Gauthier (28:09, 13/16)