Kennewick, WA- Even if the first two periods are bad,
there is always a third period.
The Tri-City Americans (14-7-1-1, 30 pts) scored three
goals in the third period and a stellar performance by Eric Comrie allowed
Tri-City to come from behind to edge the Kelowna Rockets (12-7-1-1, 26 pts)
3-2 in front of 3,769 at the Toyota Center.
Comrie was lights out in goal, stopping a season high 41
shots to earn the first star award.
This is the third straight win at home against the Rockets
continuing the streak from last season. It is the second time this season the
Americans have won when trailing after two periods, with the other win coming at
Prince Albert when the Americans came from behind and won in a shootout 2-1.
The Rockets dominated the first period, out shooting the
Americans 16-9. The Americans had the lone power play in the period but couldn't
convert. Both teams had some good chances, with Connor Rankin and Kelowna's
Madison Bowey having chances at the doorstep, but neither team could score a
goal as the period ended with no goals after one.
But the Americans could not hold off the Rockets in the
second period. The Rockets continued controlling the puck and dominated the
second period, outshooting the Americans 14-5. Kelowna got on the board on a
Myles Bell slap shot to give them a 1-0 lead. Kelowna would add to the lead
midway through the second as Ryan Olsen put home a rebound to increase the lead
to two. Americans never had a great chance to score as they entered the third
period down by two.
The Americans would come alive in the third period as they
killed off a power play to start the period, and then swung the momentum in
their direction as Parker Bowles scored on a breakaway to cut the lead to one.
And the Ams would tie the game on the power play 5:49 into the third as Rankin
would put home a rebound. Tri-City would take their first lead of the game as
Beau McCue fed Justin Feser in front of the net for a goal with just over five
minutes left in the game.
Kelowna pressed in the final minutes of the third, but
couldn't get it by the brick wall that was Comrie on this night, as the
Americans held on for the 3-2 victory.
With the goal, Feser pulls within one goal of tying Dylan
Gyori for seventh on the Americans all-time goals list. Bowles ends a 12 game
streak without a point with his goal.
Wednesday, March 27 2013 3:11 AM EDT2013-03-27 07:11:49 GMT
Parker Bowles netted the game winning goal 10:46 into overtime to lift the Tri-City Americans past the Spokane Chiefs 5-4 in overtime at the Toyota Center in Game 3 of the 2013 WHL First Round Playoff Series.More >>
Kennewick, WA- Tri-City was pushed to the brink of a 3-0 deficit. But the Americans stared that fate down and would not be denied a win tonight.
Tri-City scored three goals in the second period to tie the game, and Parker Bowles netted the game winning goal 10:46 into overtime to lift the Tri-City Americans past the Spokane Chiefs 5-4 in overtime at the Toyota Center in Game 3 of the 2013 WHL First Round Playoff Series.More >>