The Americans matched up against the Seattle Thunderbirds tonight at the Toyota Center. After a close fought sixty minutes the game extended into overtime and then a six-round shootout where the Americans were able to steal the victory. Tonight’s win marks the Americans’ third straight at home.
Connor Bruggen-Cate, who scored both of Seattle’s goals tonight, opened scoring mid-first period. The Thunderbirds held a one-goal lead until 15:19 second period when Americans rookie Booker Daniel tied the game with his first ever WHL goal. Daniel’s goal was assisted by Jayden Platz and Parker Bell. The assist marks Bell’s first point the WHL.
Connor Bouchard gave the Americans their only regulation lead at 14:21 third period. The lead was short lived as Bruggen-Cate followed just eight seconds later with a goal for Seattle. Regulation finished tied at two bringing the game into overtime.
Matthew Wedman took a late third period tripping penalty that put Tri-City on the power play for the first 20 seconds of overtime. Both teams took two shots during the extra five minute period, but neither was able to score.
After finishing last season seven-for-seven in shootouts, Beck Warm proved unstoppable again tonight. The Americans netminder stopped four of six shots faced. Daniel, after tallying his first WHL goal earlier in the night, scored the final shootout winner for Tri-City.
The Americans finished tonight with a season high 41 shots on goal. They out shot the Thunderbirds 41-37.
Final: 3-2 (SO) – TC
You can watch the Americans at the Toyota Center three times next week. The team will play Brandon on Tuesday, the reigning WHL champion Prince Albert on Friday, and Prince George on Saturday. Tickets are available here.