The Americans and Seattle Thunderbirds matched up for the fifth time this season today at the Toyota Center. A late game-tying goal from Paycen Bjorklund brought the teams to overtime where Tri-City ultimately fell 4-3.
Seattle took a 2-0 first period lead with goals from Keltie Jeri-Leon and Conner Roulette. Colorado Avalanche prospect Sasha Mutala responded for the Americans with 15 seconds remaining in the period. Mutala’s goal, his 10th of the season, came from a strong forechecking effort, assisted by Connor Bouchard and Luke Zazula. Shots on goal were tied at 9 through the first 20 minutes.
Americans rookie Marc Lajoie tied the game with a shot from the high slot at 17:32 second period.
Jared Davidson took back the lead for Seattle mid-third period, but Paycen Bjorklund was able to find the net once more for Tri-City and bring the came into overtime. Bjorklund’s goal, his 6th of the season, came assisted by Zazula.
After three big saves from Americans netminder Beck Warm, it was Henrik Rybinski that scored the overtime game winner for Seattle.
Score: 4-3 SEA (OT)
Shots: 44-22 SEA
The Americans return to the Toyota Center on December 27th to take on the Portland Winterhawks. Tickets can be purchased online from Ticketmaster here.