Wil Kushniryk wasted no time scoring his first goal with the Tri-City Americans. The 18-year-old forward was acquired by the team yesterday from the Kelowna Rockets. He opened tonight’s scoring 13:58 into the game, assisted by Nolan Yaremko and Roman Kalinichenko.
Prince George’s points leader Josh Curtis was able to tie the game at 17:57 for the Cougars, their only goal of the game. Tri-City was out shot 12-9 in the starting period.
Brett Clayton scored his first goal of the season at 3:52 second period assisted by Captain Yaremko, giving the Americans a 2-1 lead. Prince George led shots again in the second period, 13 -7.
The Americans started to pull away early in the third period. Parker AuCoin scored at 1:31 for tonight’s insurance goal, assisted by Krystof Hrabik and Sasha Mutala.
Rookie Blake Stevenson took three shots before scoring bar-down on Cougars goaltender Taylor Gauthier. The goal, his second of the season, came at 15:23, assisted by Connor Bouchard and Riley Sawchuk. The same line turned around and scored the final goal of the game at 17:57, this time it was Sawchuk with the goal, assisted by Bouchard and Stevenson.
Both Tri-City and Prince George were 0/4 on the power play. The two teams currently have the bottom ranked power plays in the Western Hockey League.
Beck Warm stood strong putting up 35 saves.
Final shots were 36 – 28 in favor of Prince George.
The Americans stay in Prince George and play the Cougars again tomorrow night.
Final score: 5-1 Tri-City