The Americans matched up against the Portland Winterhawks to open the 2019 Red Lion Preseason Tournament today at the Toyota Center. Following a victory over Portland on Sunday in Everett, Tri-City again was able to overcome the Winterhawks.
Portland’s Seth Jarvis opened scoring in Kennewick with a shorthanded goal at 9:40 first period. Connor Bouchard followed with a goal seconds later on the same power play, assisted by Sam Stewart and Nikita Krivokrasov.
The game remained tied at one until 6:35 second period when Portland took a 2-1 lead. Tri-City responded with their second and third straight power play goals to take their first lead of the evening.
Paycen Bjorklund netted the Americans second goal, assisted by Tom Cadieux and Jan Cikhart. Cikhart, drafted 31st overall by Tri-City in the 2019 CHL Import Draft, then netted his first WHL preseason goal, assisted by Kaden Kohle and Sam Stewart.
Tri-City finished the game 3/5 on the power play while Portland was 1/5 with a man-advantage.
Portland tied the game once more at 7:30 third period, but the Americans were able to add two final goals and seal a 5-3 victory.
Bouchard tallied the game-winning goal after finding a loose puck around the net. The insurance marker came from Sam Huo on a breakaway off a stretch pass from Landon Roberts.
Talyn Boyko, entering his second season in Tri-City, stopped 33 of 36 shots faced tonight. The Americans were out shot by Portland 36-22.
Action returns to the Toyota Center tomorrow for day two of the 2019 Red Lion Preseason Tournament. Game two will be between Portland and Spokane at 3:00 PM. The Americans will then take on the Seattle Thunderbirds at 7:05.