Tri-City Herald: Ams open season with 2 home wins


By Annie Fowler, Herald staff writer

KENNEWICK — The drought continues at Toyota Center for the Seattle Thunderbirds.

Jordan Messier had two goals and Kruise Reddick had a goal and two assists to lead the Tri-City Americans to a 4-1 victory over the Thunderbirds before a crowd of 4,373 on Sunday night.

“Two big wins,” said Messier, who has three goals in the first two games of the season. “We went out and did what we had to do this weekend. We are a great team at home, but you can never take Seattle too lightly. Calvin (Pickard) keeps them in a lot of games.”

Seattle, which is off to a 1-2-0-0 start, has not won at Toyota Center since Jan. 27, 2008, a span of 13 games.

“They play us so hard in this building and Calvin was good, as he always is,” Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said. “You can’t relax until the final whistle. I was happy with how we executed our system this early. Off the top of my head, I didn’t see any area of concern. I think we have a pretty good foundation.”

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Messier scored both of his goals in the third period, the first coming at 8:22 and the second at 17:02 on a delayed penalty.

“I’m using my size and shooting the puck more,” Messier said.

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