Everett, WA- The Tri-City Americans (26-26-0-3, 55 pts) had a big third period, scoring three goals to tie the game, and eventually defeated the Everett Silvertips (34-16-3-2, 73 pts) 4-3 in a shootout, coming from behind to win in front of 3,132 fans at Xfinity Arena on Wednesday night.
Everett dominated the game early, not allowing the Americans to get anything going offensively. The Silvertips got on the board on the power play midway through the period, as Patrick Bajkov scored to increase the lead to 1-0. Everett increased the lead late in the period as Remi Laurencelle scored to put the Silvertips ahead 2-0 after the first period.
The second period was even, as the Americans had a slight shot advantage, 6-5, in the period. But neither team could score a goal, forcing the Americans to try to make a third period comeback.
The Americans came out with some great energy in the third period, and it paid off 7:23 into the third period, as Brendan O’Reilly scored his first career WHL goal to cut the lead to 2-1. Less than 15 seconds later, Tri-City tied the game, as Lucas Nickles lit the red lamp to even the score at two. Later in the period, the Silvertips retook the lead on a goal from Nikita Scherbak. But the Americans came right back, and Beau McCue slapped the puck into the net less than two minutes later to tie the game at three. Neither team could break the tie in regulation, forcing the game into overtime.
Overtime wasn’t able to decide anything, forcing the game to a shootout. Vladislav Lukin scored for the Americans in the shootout, and Eric Comrie stopped all three Everett shooters to complete the comeback win for the Americans.
The Americans have won two straight games against Everett and even the season series at four wins each.
Tri-City spent 13 minutes in the penalty box and were unsuccessful with two chances on the power play. Everett recorded 11 penalty minutes and converted 1-of-3 power play opportunities.
Eric Comrie stopped 23 shots in the win, while Austin Lotz made 26 saves in the loss.
The Americans have a day off before they will play the final game of this three game road trip against the Portland Winterhawks (31-20-1-3, 66 pts) this Friday, Feb. 13, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Game time is at 7 p.m. The Americans lost the last game against the Winterhawk, 7-5, on Jan. 25 in Portland. 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. Nikita Scherbak, Everett
2. Brandon Carlo, Tri-City
3. Remi Laurencelle, Everett
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