Kennewick, WA- It took more than 60 minutes, but Beau McCue scored the game winning goal in overtime to give the Tri-City Americans (12-8-0-0, 24 pts) a 3-2 win against the Red Deer Rebels (9-8-2-1, 21 pts) in front of 4,030 at the Toyota Center on Saturday night.
The Americans came out strong in the first period and established a nice tempo, outshooting the Rebels 11-8 in the period. Tri-City broke through 17:51 into the first period, as Maxwell James scored to give the Americans a 1-0 lead after the first period.
It didn’t take long for Red Deer to tie the game in the second period, as Scott Feser was able to find the back of the net to tie the game at one. Midway through the period, the Rebels took the lead as Tyler Sandhu was able to score to make it 2-1 Red Deer. The Americans tied the game with three seconds left in the period as Taylor Vickerman scored his first goal of the season on the power play to tie the game at two heading into the third period.
Each team came out and pressed to get the go-ahead goal in the third, with the Rebels outshooting the Americans, 12-8. Both goalies held strong, sending the game into overtime.
In the overtime period, Lucas Nickles fed a pass to Beau McCue, firing a shot into the back of the net 2:34 into overtime to give the Americans the two points and the win.
The Americans have won a season-high four straight games and have won three straight games at home. Tri-City has started off November with a 4-1 record. Red Deer lost its third straight game against Tri-City and second straight game in the Toyota Center.
McCue’s game winner was his fifth game winning goal of the season, including his third straight game winning goal during the four game win streak.
The penalty boxes were relatively quiet tonight, with the teams combining for 22 minutes, including nine Americans penalty minutes. Tri-City was 1-for-4 on the power play while the Rebels were 0-for-2 with the man advantage.
Eric Comrie made 23 saves in the win, and he is undefeated at home this season with a 6-0 record. Red Deer goaltender Rylan Toth stopped 25 shots in the loss.
The Americans have some time off before they hit the road for one game, traveling across the border to take on the Vancouver Giants (7-11-0-0, 14 pts) at Pacific Coliseum on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Game time is at 7 p.m. Tri-City was 2-2 against the Giants last season, and were winless in two meetings in Vancouver. Fans can watch the game through WHL Live starting at 7 p.m. or at Kimo’s, the Americans home away from home. The game will be broadcast on NewsTalk 870, starting at 6:45 p.m.
Jack in the Box Three Stars
1. Beau McCue, Tri-City
2. Taylor Vickerman, Tri-City
3. Maxwell James, Tri-City
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