Kent, WA- Last season, the Americans dominated the Thunderbirds, winning nine of 10 games.
And just like last season, the Seattle Thunderbirds (6-5-0-0, 12 pts) defeat the Tri-City Americans (9-4-1-1, 20 pts) 3-1 in Kent in the two teams' first meeting of the season.
Seattle scored first midway through the first period. Shea Theodore slapped a shot that was blocked by Eric Comrie, but Connor Sanvido put the rebound into the back of the net to give the Thunderbirds a 1-0 lead. Tri-City had the advantage in the shot department 17-8 and had a span of a couple minutes throwing shots on net while keeping it in the Thunderbird zone. The Americans couldn't score though as the period ended 1-0.
The Americans would tie the game in the second period. Malte Strömwall picked it up in the Seattle zone and fed it to the left side of the zone where Tyson Dallman slapped it into the goal with a little less than two minutes left in the period. The goal is Dallman's first of the season. The period was pretty even, with Seattle outshooting Tri-City 12-9 in the period, but the Americans had two power plays in the period but couldn't capitalize on either.
In the third period, the Thunderbirds would retake the lead early. Brendan Rouse brought the puck into the zone and threw a backhand pass behind him to Robert Lipsbergs on the left side of the net, slipping it past Comrie for his first career WHL goal, giving Seattle a 2-1 lead.
Tri-City had two power play chances in the period, and had a couple of good chances but could not capitalize. The Americans outshot Seattle 19-7 in the period and applied a lot of pressure late, pulling Comrie with a little less than two minutes remaining. But Seattle gained possession with the empty net and Riley Sheen shot it from the blue line into the empty net with 32 seconds left to seal the 3-1 win.
The loss snaps a streak of 10 straight games with a point and a nine game winning streak for the Americans against the Thunderbirds. The Americans had won four straight in Kent before tonight's contest.
Tri-City had plenty of chances to score in the game, having four power plays to work with while the Americans did not have to go on the penalty kill for the first time this season. The team had a season high 45 shots, but could only put one in the net. The Americans have now faced every team in the division at least once, and have only been able to win three games against the Everett Silvertips, while losing two games to Spokane and one to each Portland and Seattle.
Comrie made 24 saves in a losing effort, while Seattle goaltender Brandon Glover made 44 saves in the win.
After eight straight on the road, Tri-City will play its first home game in three weeks when they take on the rival Spokane Chiefs (9-5-0-0, 18 pts) in the Toyota Center. Game time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The Americans have lost the previous two meetings against the Chiefs this season, losing 5-2 in the home opener and 5-3 a week later at Spokane Arena.
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