MENU Ams beat Brandon 3-1

By Rene Ferran |

Call the past two days the Tri-City Americans getting their groove back.

Adam Hughesman had a goal and an assist, and goalie Drew Owsley rebounded after a pair of subpar performances with 29 saves as the Americans beat the Brandon Wheat Kings 3-1 in Manitoba on Saturday night.

A night after ending a three-game road losing streak with a 6-4 win in Regina, Tri-City played another solid game despite losing captain Kruise Reddick to a first-period injury and playing without suspended F Brendan Shinnimin.

The Americans also snapped a five-game losing streak in Brandon, winning there for the first time since Nov. 19, 1999.

The Wheat Kings lost their fourth straight.

“That’s what you call a character win,” said Ams coach Jim Hiller. “We needed everybody tonight with the injuries. Every guy put in the hard work, blocking shots, dumping the puck, the small details that had we’d gotten away from.”

Owsley had been roughed up in Tri-City’s first two losses of its East Division swing in Prince Albert and Saskatoon, but he bounced back against the Wheat Kings.

“No question he was real solid tonight,” Hiller said. “That really looked like his true form. Just his rebound control was good tonight. When he does that, you know he’s on his game.”

David Conrad scored his first goal in a Tri-City uniform, which proved to be the game-winner late in the first period. Overage forward Mike Brown had two assists, and the Americans killed off all four Brandon penalties.

Hughesman’s goal with 3:54 left in the game was only the second power-play goal the Wheat Kings had allowed all season.

Jordan Messier opened the scoring at 13:44 of the first period — his third goal in two games. He and Hughesman share the team lead with six goals this season.

Reddick needed stitches after a first-period collision and sat out the rest of the game. Hiller said he wasn’t sure whether Reddick would play in Monday afternoon’s game at Moose Jaw, but the prognosis sounded good.

“Kruiser got his bell rung a little bit, but he’s fine now,” Hiller said.

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