Penalty Trouble Dooms Ams in 6-1 Loss to Thunderbirds

Doug Love

Today was the second day of the 2019 Red Lion Preseason Tournament at the Toyota Center. Tri-City played the evening game against Seattle, falling 6-1.

Kai Uchacz put the Thunderbirds on the board first tonight after finding a loose puck beside the net. Payton Mount extended Seattle’s lead with a power play goal later in the first period.

Mount’s goal marked his first of the preseason, he went on to record a hat trick in tonight’s game. All three of his goals were scored on the power play.

David Homola, drafted by Tri-City 91st overall in the 2019 CHL Import Draft, netted Tri-City’s only goal tonight at 11:34 second period. (Assisted by Booker Daniel and Landon Roberts.)

Tri-City’s Nick Bowman took a cross-checking major late in the second period. The Thunderbirds capitalized and tallied two goals during the five minute power play.

Bowman was acquired by Tri-City last January in a trade with the Kootenay (now Winnipeg) ICE. He has recorded one goal and two assists in three games through 2019 preseason with the Americans.

Seattle added a fourth power play goal in the third period to finalize a 6-1 victory.

[Box Score]

Americans rookie goaltender Mason Dunsford played his first preseason game at the Toyota Center. The 16-year-old stopped 32 of 38 shots faced. Seattle out shot Tri-City 38-22.

After recording three power play goals in last night’s 5-3 victory over Portland, the Americans were 0/6 on the power play tonight. Seattle finished 4/7 with a man-advantage.

The Spokane Chiefs and Portland Winterhawks matched up earlier in the day. Spokane, playing with a short roster, fell to Portland 4-3. View the box score from that game, here.

Tomorrow is another day of hockey action at the Toyota Center. The final day of  the Red Lion Preseason Tournament includes a 3:00 PM game between Seattle and Portland, and a 7:05 match between Tri-City and Spokane.

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