By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
Somewhere between Game 2 at Spokane Arena and Game 3 at the Toyota Center, the Tri-City Americans found their game.
The Americans, who lost the first two games of the best-of-7 first-round series in Spokane, returned home to beat the Chiefs 5-4 in overtime Tuesday to get back in the series.
Key for Tri-City was the return of veteran defenseman Mitch Topping and rugged forward Tyson Dallman.
“I think that is the important part,” Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said of having a full lineup. “I think our team has its confidence back. It’s been awhile. We are a pretty strong team when we play with confidence and belief, and that’s back in full force.”
The Americans also changed goalies after the first two games, replacing Troy Trombley with Luke Lee-Knight, who was 11-9-0-0 during the regular season, taking over in net after Eric Comrie suffered a season-ending hip injury.
“He played really well,” Hiller said of Lee-Knight. “It has been a crazy year with our goaltending, and for him too. He got to come in and play all of those games, then sit and watch for awhile. Myself personally, I’m happy to see him back doing his thing. The confidence and swagger is back in the team and he is a big part of that.”