GAME DAY PREVIEW
Americans @ Silvertips
Friday, September 30 | Everett, WA | Angel of the Winds Arena
Start Time: 7:05 p.m PDT
The Americans will take on the Silvertips for the first time in their nine game season series. Tri-City finished last season 4-8-0-0 against the Silvertips, including a 4-1 victory in their most recent meeting on April 16. Both teams are coming into tonight’s game off their first victory of the season, looking for back-to-back wins.
The Americans wrapped up an opening weekend doubleheader in Prince George on Saturday with a dominate 8-3 victory over the Cougars. Six different players scored and Tomas Suchanek turned aside 38 shots, contributing to Tri-City’s first victory of the season. It was the first time that the Americans scored 8 goals on the road since 11/2/2013 in Lethbridge.
Prince George opened scoring, but Reese Belton quickly responded with his first goal as an American. Nick Anisimovicz received an assist on the play, recording his first WHL point on the first goal of his first game. Ethan Ernst scored twice and added one assist for his first WHL three-point game. Dwayne Jean Jr. also scored twice for his first WHL multi-goal game. Lukas Dragicevic, Jake Sloan, and Adam Mechura also each scored once. Mechura’s goal was his first in the WHL. 2006-born Jordan Gavin tallied two assists for his first WHL multi-point game.
Marc Lajoie returns to the Americans lineup this weekend after attending L.A. Kings training camp. Tri-City is still missing NHL prospects Parker Bell (upper body, 2 weeks) and Jalen Luypen (upper body, 10 weeks).
The Americans will continue the first stretch of their season on the road tomorrow as they head to Portland. Tri-City’s Home Opener at the Toyota Center will take place on Saturday, October 8th against the Edmonton Oil Kings.
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