Kent, WA- The Seattle Thunderbirds (17-8-2-0, 36 pts) Jared Hauf scored late in the third period, lifting Seattle past the Tri-City Americans (11-17-1-0, 23 pts) 3-2 in front of 6,192 fans at ShoWare Center on Saturday Night.
Seattle came out strong in the first period, outshooting Tri-City 11-1 in the first. The Thunderbirds scored 6:35 into the period from Mathew Barzal for a 1-0 lead going into the second period.
Tri-City tied the game midway through the period on a goal from Parker Bowles. Four minutes later, the Americans took the lead on a power play goal from Michael Rasmussen. With less than a minute remaining, Barzal scored his second of the game to tie the score at two going into the third period.
Each team fought to gain the advantage in the period, with Seattle pulling ahead late in the third period. Jared Hauf scored will less than two minutes remaining to make it 3-2. Tri-City was unable to get the equalizer as the Thunderbirds held on for the win.
The Americans were 2-of-5 on the power play and recorded 10 penalty minutes. The Thunderbirds couldn’t convert with four power play chances and spent 12 minutes in the penalty box.
Evan Sarthou stopped 24 shots in the loss while Taz Burman made 24 saves in the win.
The Americans will head home and wait to play the Everett Silvertips (15-9-0-2, 32 pts) this Friday, Dec. 11. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. at the Toyota Center on the annual Fred Meyer Teddy Bear Toss Night. Tri-City earned a 4-1 win in Everett in the last meeting. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations, including the Toyota Center Box Office, at any Fred Meyer outlet or online at Ticketmaster.com.
Jack in the Box Three Stars
1. Mathew Barzal, Seattle
2. Parker Bowles, Tri-City
3. Taz Burman, Seattle
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