Winterhawks Edge Americans 3-2 in Overtime

Everett, WA- The Tri-City Americans (1-0-1-0, 3 pts) scored two goals in the third to take a lead, but the Portland Winterhawks (2-0-0-0, 4 pts) tied the game and were able to come away with a 3-2 overtime victory at Xfinity Arena in Tri-City’s second game of the Everett Preseason Tournament.

After trading power play opportunities in the first, the scoreless tie was broken midway through the period as Alex Overhardt put the Winterhawks ahead 1-0. Tri-City had two power play chances in the period, but couldn’t convert as Portland held on to the lead after one.

Tri-City searched for the tying goal in the second period, peppering Portland goaltender Michael Bullion with 18 shots in the period. Bullion was strong in net, stopping every shot in the second to retain a 1-0 lead for Portland heading into the third.

Early in the third, the Americans tied the game on a goal from Brian Williams. The Americans were able to take the lead on the power play 9:28 into the period, as Taylor Vickerman was able to slip the puck into the net on a wraparound attempt. Tri-City tried to hang on for the victory, but Portland was able to tie the game late in the period. Brett Clayton was able to slap a rebound into the net to even the score at two. Neither team could break the tie in regulation, giving both teams a first experience with the new 3-on-3 overtime.

In the overtime, there were good chances for both teams, but Portland’s Paul Bittner was able to beat Evan Sarthou 3:12 into overtime to give the Winterhawks the win.

Tri-City was 1-of-5 on the power play and recorded eight penalty minutes. Portland was unsuccessful with four power play opportunities and spent 10 minutes in the penalty box.

Michael Bullion stopped 44 shots in the win for the Winterhawks. Nicholas Sanders got the start in net for Tri-City, stopping 13-of-14 shots. Evan Sarthou came in midway through the second period and made 18-of-20 saves.

The Americans will wrap up the Everett Preseason Tournament by facing the Victoria Royals (0-1-0-0, 0 pts) on Sunday, Sept. 6 at Xfinity Arena. Game time is at 11:30 a.m. The Red Lion Hotels Pre-Season Tournament starts next Wednesday, Sept. 9. Ticket packages are available in the Americans office or come to the Toyota Center Box Office to purchase individual game tickets.

Box Score
First Period
POR- Alex Overhardt (C. Veloso, J. Dougherty) 11:35

Second Period
No Scoring

Third Period
T.C.- Brian Williams (T. Comrie, M. Drohan) 2:01
T.C.- Taylor Vickerman (M. Rasmussen, D. Coghlan) 9:28 (PP)
POR- Brett Clayton (M. Walter) 17:31

POR- Paul Bittner (Unassisted) 3:12

Nicholas Sanders 13/14, Evan Sarthou 18/20
POR- Michael Bullion 44/46

11:18:13:4- 46
POR- 9:8:14:3- 34

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