Game 38: Thunderbirds are doubled up in Kennewick
(23-11-1-1) Tri-City Americans 8, (16-15-3-4) Seattle Thunderbirds 4
Toomey with two goals..Prokop nets a pair
KENNEWICK– The house of horrors known as the Toyota Center haunts the Birds once again as their defense has no answer for the Ams high octane offense and they lose 8-4.
The Americans got the first power play chance of the game when Dave Sutter was called for Hooking at 4:40. They took advantage as Neal Prokop (2) shot one past Calvin Pickard (16-13-2-4) to put the Ams up 1-0. The Birds were never able to clear the puck out of the zone.
At the halfway mark of the first period shots were 13-1 in favor of the Ams.
Travis Toomey (7) tied the game for the Birds at 14:37 as he backhanded one past Drew Owsley (20-10-0-1). Burke Gallimore and Brendan Rouse got the assists.
The Birds came on later in the period to even it up and go into the first intermission tied 1-1. Shots after 20 minutes shots were 16-6 in favor of Tri-City.
The Ams went back up 2-1 at 5:17 of the second period. Prokop (3) scored his second goal of the night.
The Birds tied it 2-2 when Chance Lund (2) scored his second goal in as many games. Charles Wells had the lone assist. Time of the goal was 8:29.
The teams skated four on four at 11:06. Brenden Dillon was called for Roughing and Paul Sohor was penalized for High Sticking.
The Ams went up 3-2 when Tyler Schmidt (5) scored at 12:29 on an odd man rush.
The Ams went on the power play at 13:22 when Pickard was called for Delay of Game for playing the puck outside the trapezoid. The Ams scored their second power play goal to go up 4-2. Adam Hughesman (22) scored at 15:17.
The Ams went up 5-2 when Justin Feser scored his 11th goal of the season at 19:21.
That’s the way the period would end. Shots in the period were 16-11 in favor of the Ams and they led 32-17 in shots overall.
Scott Ramsay took a penalty for Interference at 3:55 to put Tri-City on the power for the third time.
Wells (11) scored his third short handed goal of the season to make it a 5-3 game at the 5:49 mark. Luke Lockhart had the assist.
The Birds got to within one goal at 5-4 when Toomey scored his second goal of the game and 8th of the season. The goal was scored at 8:13 and it was assisted by Gallimore and Erik Bonsor.
The Ams went up 6-4 when Zachary Yuen (4) knocked one past Pickard at the 13:41 mark.
They quickly scored again to go up 7-4. Mason Wilgosh scored his 8th goal of the season at 15:03. The Birds just simply couldn’t clear the puck out and the Ams took advantage once again.
Tri-City went up 8-4 when Brendan Shinniman (14) slapped one past Pickard with 29 seconds left in the game.
That’s the way the game would end as the Birds lose once again to the Ams. They have lose all six matches this season.
Shots in the third period were 13-11 in favor of the Ams. They out shot the Birds 45-28 overall.
Things are starting to eerily resemble the second half of last season for the Birds. This is basically the way they came out of the gate before trades were made and the 17 game losing streak began.
What will happen this season? The trading deadline is 5 days away. It’s obvious this team needs defense.
The Ams score three goals in the last seven minutes of the second period and then three more in the last six minutes of the third period.
The eight goals are the most Pickard has allowed since March ’09. He has never won in Tri-City.
Seattle hasn’t won in Kennewick since Game 1 of the playoffs three seasons ago.
The Thunderbirds will try to rebound on Friday night at the ShoWare Center against the Kelowna Rockets. Game time is 7:30 pm. It can be heard live at My Northwest.com. Thom Beuning and Bruce McDonald will call the action.
– D Austin Frank is out with a knee sprain for 3-4 weeks.
– The Thunderbirds road record drops to 11-7-2-2.
– The Birds record against the U.S. Division drops to 7-9-0-3.
– Seattle did not have a power play chance, Tri-City went 2 for 3.
1st Period-1, Tri-City, Prokop 2 (Feser, Holland), 5:42 (PP). 2, Seattle, Toomey 7 (Gallimore, Rouse), 14:37. Penalties-Sutter Sea (hooking), 4:40.
2nd Period-3, Tri-City, Prokop 3 (Feser), 5:17. 4, Seattle, Lund 2 (Wells), 8:29. 5, Tri-City, Schmidt 5 (Yuen, Holland), 12:29. 6, Tri-City, Hughesman 22 (Schmidt, Shinnimin), 15:17 (PP). 7, Tri-City, Feser 11 (Holland, Schmidt), 19:21. Penalties-Dillon Sea (roughing), 11:06; Sohor T.c (high sticking), 11:06; Pickard Sea (delay of game), 13:22.
3rd Period-8, Seattle, Wells 11 (Lockhart), 5:49 (SH). 9, Seattle, Toomey 8 (Gallimore, Bonsor), 8:13. 10, Tri-City, Yuen 4 (Feser, Schmidt), 13:41. 11, Tri-City, Wilgosh 8 (Hughesman, Shinnimin), 15:03. 12, Tri-City, Shinnimin 14 (Sohor), 19:31. Penalties-Ramsay Sea (interference), 3:55.
Shots on Goal-Seattle 6-11-11-28. Tri-City 16-16-13-45.
Power Play Opportunities-Seattle 0 / 0; Tri-City 2 / 3.
Goalies-Seattle, Pickard 16-13-2-4 (45 shots-37 saves). Tri-City, Owsley 20-10-0-1 (28 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Brett Iverson (24), Jeff Ingram.
Linesmen-Chris Carlson (92), Jason Michelbook (112).