The Americans and Thunderbirds matched up tonight at the Toyota Center. Tri-City took a 5-2 victory in the close fought game, extending their season record against Seattle to 3-0-0-0.
Seattle opened scoring at 4:45 first period with a breakaway goal from Ryan Gottfried. Three minutes later Gottfried took a roughing penalty putting Tri-City on the power play. Rookie Edge Lambert capitalized on the man advantage to tie the game for Tri-City.
Sam Stewart added a second for Tri-City, unassisted, giving the Americans a 2-1 lead heading into the second intermission. Stewart’s goal marks his first in the WHL regular season.
Andrej Kukuca kept the Thunderbirds in the game with a power play goal just 51 seconds into the third period. A minute later Paycen Bjorklund added another for the Americans, giving Tri-City tonight’s final lead.
Connor Bouchard and Marc Lajoie each added an empty net goal to seal a 5-2 victory for the Americans.
Tri-City out shot Seattle 41-28.
The Americans are back at the Toyota Center tomorrow night to take on the Vancouver Giants. It’s Total Site Services Mental Health Awareness Night. Join us for a night of hockey action and support a great cause. Tickets are available here.