By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
The U.S. Division has proven to be the toughest in the Western Hockey League this season. All five teams are playing .500 hockey or better and every game is a battle.
Saturday night was no different.
Parker Bowles fed Brian Williams the puck from behind the net and Williams beat Everett goalie Daniel Cotton just 18 seconds into overtime to lead the Tri-City Americans to a 4-3 victory before a Saturday night crowd of 4,865 at Toyota Center.
“I don’t know how he saw me,” Williams said. “He beat like three guys down the wall there and his back was turned to me. The next thing I know the puck was on my tape, all I had to do was put it in the net. It was on a silver platter almost.”
The Americans (12-9-0-2, 26 points) moved into fourth place in the U.S. Division.
“It was an exciting game,” Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said. “Interesting, too.
Two goals that had to be reviewed. They don’t give you a lot, but we stuck with it. We’ve been up and down and sideways this year. That’s what makes you better, when you can get through those things. We seem to be rising to the challenge.”