Portland, OR- The Tri-City Americans (14-19-2-0, 30 pts) played a solid game against the Portland Winterhawks (17-16-1-0, 35 pts), but Caleb Jones scored on a penalty shot in overtime, as the Americans fell 5-4 in front of 10,349 at the Moda Center on Sunday Night.
Portland scored first midway through the first period, as Alex Schoenborn redirected a shot into the net on the power play for a 1-0 lead. Tri-City was able to tie the game 16:12 into the period on the power play, as Parker Bowles received a tic-tac-toe pass at the back door. A minute later, the Americans took the lead, as Jeff Rayman fired a slap shot from the left point through traffic and into twine for a 2-1 advantage. With less than a minute left in the first, the Winterhawks tied the game, with Rihards Bukarts picking up a loose puck in front of the Americans’ net and slipped it into the goal, evening the game at two after the first period.
Early in the second, Tri-City took the lead once again, as Morgan Geekie redirected a Kurtis Rutledge shot into the net for a 3-2 lead. Tyler Sandhu scored a goal a few minutes later to push the advantage to 4-2 Americans. Rodrigo Abols tallied a goal for the Winterhawks on the power play late in the second to cut the Tri-City lead to 4-3 going into the third period.
The Winterhawks fought to tie the game in the third, and scored the equalizer 14:27 into the third, as Evan Weinger put the puck in the net. A winner was not scored in regulation, sending the game to overtime.
In overtime, Dylan Coghlan took down Caleb Jones on his way to the net and was awarded a penalty shot. Jones was able to tuck the puck past the right pad of Evan Sarthou to help Portland earn the victory.
Tri-City was 1-of-2 on the power play and recorded 16 penalty minutes. Portland converted 2-of-5 man advantage opportunities and spent 10 minutes in the penalty box.
Evan Sarthou played a great game, making 42 saves in the loss. Adin Hill stopped 21 shots in the win.
Tri-City will head home and have a day off before being back in action against the Winterhawks this Tuesday, Dec. 29. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. at the Toyota Center. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations, including the Toyota Center Box Office, at any Fred Meyer outlet or online at Ticketmaster.com.
Jack in the Box Three Stars
1. Caleb Jones, Portland
2. Alex Schoenborn, Portland
3. Rihards Bukarts, Portland
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