Kent, WA- The Tri-City Americans (16-20-2-0, 34 pts) started off 2016 on a high note,receiving two goals from Parker Bowles, as the Americans defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds (20-14-3-0, 43 pts) 4-2 in front of 4,572 fans at ShoWare Center on Saturday Night.
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Tri-City got on the board midway through the first. A broken stick allowed Parker Bowles a breakaway chance, slipping the puck between the legs of Logan Flodell for a 1-0 lead. The lead increased to 2-0 just more than a minute later, as Austyn Playfair skated to the net and fired a wrist shot into twine. Turner Ottenbreit scored on the power play to cut the lead to 2-1 after the first period.
Early in the second, Bowles scored his second of the game on the power play to push the advantage to 3-1. A few minutes later, the lead was back to one goal as Josh Uhrich cut the lead to 3-2 after two periods.
Seattle tried to fight back into the game, but the Americans shut the door 15 minutes into the third. Morgan Geekie scored to seal the 4-2 win for Tri-City.
The Americans were 1-of-3 on the power play and recorded 12 penalty minutes. The Thunderbirds converted 1-of-5 man advantage opportunities and spent eight minutes in the penalty box.
Evan Sarthou made 27 saves in the win while Logan Flodell and Taz Burman combined for 18 saves in the loss.
The Americans will continue their five-game road trip this Tuesday, Jan. 5, against the Victoria Royals (23-14-1-2, 49 pts). Game time is at 7:05 p.m. at the Save on Foods Centre. Tri-City earned a 6-5 win in the first meeting this season in Kennewick. Listen to the game on NewsTalk 870, or watch the game through WHL Live or at Kimo’s, your Americans home away from home.
Jack in the Box Three Stars
1. Parker Bowles, Tri-City
2. Beau McCue, Tri-City
3. Turner Ottenbreit, Seattle
Notes: Parker Bowles and Jordan Topping extended their point streaks to seven games. Austyn Playfair scored his first goal of the season.
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