Americans drop T-Birds, 4-2 | WHL

Parker Bowles had two goals to lead his Tri-City Americans to a 4-2 Western Hockey Leage win over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Saturday night at the ShoWare Center.

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Parker Bowles had two goals to lead his Tri-City Americans to a 4-2 Western Hockey Leage win over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Saturday night at the ShoWare Center.

Tri-City (16-20-2-0) built a 2-0 lead before Seattle (20-14-3-0) responded at 16:18 of the first period with a power-play goal. Nick Holowko sent the puck to Jarret Smith at the left point. Smith crossed the puck to Turner Ottenbrei, who took a slap shot with traffic in front of Tri-City goalie Evan Sarthou. Ottenbreit’s shot found the top left corner of the net for his third goal of the year.

Seattle outshot Tri-City 16-6 in the first period.

Bowles scored a power-play goal at 3:18 of the second period to give the Americans a 3-1 lead.

The T-Birds replaced Flodell with Taz Burman after the third Americans goal. Flodell had five saves on eight shots and his record is now 13-10-3-0 on the season.

Josh Uhrich cut the Tri-City lead back to one goal at 6:56 of the second. Owen Seidel passed the puck from the T-Birds zone to Uhrich at center ice to spring him on a partial breakaway. Uhrich came down the left wing and snapped the puck over Sarthou’s glove for the goal. The goal was Uhrich’s first as a T-Bird.

Tri-City outshot Seattle 7-5 in the second period. The T-Birds led 21-13 in shots after two periods.

Morgan Geekie scored at 15:02 of the third period to get the Americans fourth goal.

Burman made 13 saves on 14 shots in 24 minutes of action. Sarthou had 27 saves 29 shots and his record is now 13-18-2-0.

Back home for two

The T-Birds return to action against the Portland Winterhawks at 7:35 p.m. Friday at the ShoWare Center. They host the Everett Silvertips ay 7:05 p.m. Saturday.

Single-game tickets for the 2015-16 season are available online at the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday game days at 10 a.m. and Sunday game days at noon.

Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.

SCORING SUMMARY

First period – 1, Tri-City, Bowles 23, 12:05. 1, Tri-City, Playfair 1 (McCue, Yaremko), 13:34. 3, Seattle, Ottenbreit 3 (Smith, Holowko), 16:18 (pp). Penalties – Bench, Sea (too many men-served by Osterman), 1: Wotherspoon, Tri (tripping), 7:38. Coghlan, Tri (tripping), 9:33. Stewart, Tri (cross checking), 14:26.

Second period – 4, Tri-City, Bowles 24 (McCue, Topping), 3:18 (pp). 5, Seattle, Uhrich 5 (Seidel), 6:56. Penalties – Uhrich, Sea (hooking), 2:42. Bowles, Tri (hooking), 10:54. Rayman, Tri (holding), 13:35. Kolesar, Sea (interference), 13:47. Sandhu, Tri (hooking), 15:23. Seidel, Sea (embellishment), 15:23.

Third period – 6, Tri-City, Geekie 4 (Olson, Wotherspoon), 15:02. Penalties – No penalties

Shots on goal – Seattle 16-5-8 29, Tri-City 6-7-9 22. Goalies – Seattle, Flodell 8 shots-5 saves (13-10-3-0), Burman 14-13; Tri-City, Sarthou 29-27 (13-18-2-0). Power plays – Seattle 1-5; Tri-City 1-3. A – 4,572. Referees – Mark Pearce, Sean Raphael. Linesmen – Zach Brooks, Brendon Creyke.


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