Kennewick, WA- The Tri-City Americans (3-3-1-0, 7 pts) took the lead early, but the Prince Albert Raiders (6-2-0-1, 13 pts) kept fighting, taking the lead in the second period and eventually defeating the Americans 5-3 in front of 2,700 at the Toyota Center on Wednesday Night.
Early in the first, Tri-City took the early lead as Parker AuCoin scored his first career WHL goal to put the Americans up 1-0. Prince Albert answered five minutes later, as Austin Glover tipped a shot from the point, deflecting into the goal to even the score at one. The Americans grabbed the lead again midway through the first, as a 5-on-3 power play and some nice passing allowed Brian Williams to fire a puck into a wide open net for a 2-1 advantage. Tri-City had a 13-4 shot advantage in the first period, as well as the lead going into the second.
Midway through the second, the Raiders tied the game, as Sean Montgomery fired a one-timer into the net. Two minutes after tying the game, Prince Albert took a 3-2 lead. After several chances with a loose puck in front of the net, the puck was finally slammed into the net by Reid Gardiner, giving the Raiders a one-goal lead after two periods.
Prince Albert extended the lead on a goal from Cal Babych. But the Americans would not go away, as Jordan Topping scored to cut the lead to 4-3. The Raiders would put the game away late, as Matteo Gennaro slapped a rebound into the net, sealing the victory for Prince Albert.
Tri-City was 1-of-2 on the power play and recorded six penalty minutes. Prince Albert couldn’t convert either of its two power play chances and also recorded six penalty minutes.
Evan Sarthou made 23 saves in the loss while Rylan Parenteau stopped 31 shots in the win.
Tri-City will hit the road for a game this Friday, Oct. 16, to take on the Vancouver Giants (3-3-1-1, 8 pts). Game time is at 7:30 p.m. at Pacific Coliseum. The Americans split the series last season, including a 1-1 record in Vancouver. Listen to the game on NewsTalk 870, or watch the game through WHL Live or at Kimo’s, your Americans home away from home.
Jack in the Box Three Stars
1. Reid Gardiner, Prince Albert
2. Austin Glover, Prince Albert
3. Parker AuCoin, Tri-City
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