Americans vs. Thunderbirds
Friday, October 22| Kennewick, WA | Toyota Center
The Tri-City Americans (2-3-0-0) return home tonight to take on the Seattle Thunderbirds (3-2-1-0) for the first of back-to-back games this weekend at the Toyota Center.
This will be the first time the Americans and Thunderbirds meet this year in a 14 game season series. The Americans come in tonight’s game looking to break a three game losing streak, while the Thunderbirds broke a three game losing streak on Wednesday at home against the Spokane Chiefs.
The Americans have had a week of practice since last playing in Portland on Saturday, October 16 when they fell to the Winterhawks 4-3.
Despite the loss, the Americans had a promising game in Portland.
Rhett Melnyk opened scoring as he forced a Portland own goal on power play, ending Tri-City’s five period scoring drought. The goal counts as Tri-City’s second shorthanded goal of the season, both by Rhett Melnyk. Landon Roberts followed later in the period as he swept the puck in for Tri-City’s second goal of the night. The Americans’ scoring momentum continued with a goal from Parker Bell 6:45 into the second period. Petr Moravec forced a turnover with a poke check in Portland’s zone and took a wrist shot from the blue line that was deflected in by Bell.
The Winterhawks followed with four straight goals, one scored on the power play, to steal a 4-3 final victory.
Talyn Boyko once again played the full game in net for the Americans. He stopped 35 of 39 shots faced. Tri-City was out shot 39-28.
Tonight will be the first game in a four game home stretch for the Americans.
Power Play: Tri-City 2/23 (8.7%) | Seattle 4/24 (16.67%)
Penalty Kill: Tri-City 10/28 (64.29%) | Seattle 7/35 (80%)
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