Payton Mount had a hat trick to lead the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 6-1 victory over the Tri-City Americans at the Red Lion Hotels’ Preseason Tournament in Kennewick on Friday night.
The T-Birds will play the Portland Winterhawks at 3 p.m. Saturday in their second and final game at the tournament.
Conner Bruggen-Cate had two goals and Michael Horon and Conner Roulette each had three assists in the game.
The T-Birds had a 2-0 lead after one period on goals from Kai Uchacz and Mount.
Uchacz scored at 7:55 on assists from Cade McNelly and Tyler Carpendale.
Mount converted on the power play at 18:25 on assists from Horon and Roulette.
Bruggen-Cate scored at 8:55 of the second with Horon and Jared Davidson getting the assists.
Tri-City got on the board when David Homola scored at 11:34 of the second.
The Americans were called for a checking from behind major late in the second period, giving the T-Birds a five-minute power play.
Mount scored his second of the game at 18:40 on assists from Horon and Roulette. Mount got the hat trick with one second left in the second period on assists from Andrej Kukuca and Roulette.
Bruggen-Cate scored on the power play at 6:27 of the third period. Davidson and Keltie Jeri-Leon had the assists.
Seattle goalie Thomas Milic had 21 saves on 22 shots.
The T-Birds wrap up preseason play with a home game against the Everett Silvertips at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the accesso ShoWare Center.
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First period – 1, Seattle, Uchacz 1 (McNelly, Carpendale), 7:55. 2, Seattle, Mount 1 (Horon, Roulette), 18:25 (pp). Penalties – Kushniryk, Tri (tripping), 5:15. Rempe, Sea (interference), 14:28. Homola, Tri (interference), 18:14.
Second period – 3, Seattle, Bruggen-Cate 1 (Horon), 8:55. 4, Tri-City, Homola 1 (Daniel, Roberts), 11:34. 5, Seattle, Mount 2 (Horon, Roulette), 18:40 (pp). 6, Seattle, Mount 3 (Kukuca, Roulette), 19:59 (pp). Penalties – Bruggen-Cate, Sea (high-sticking), 9:31. Kubicek, Sea (roughing), 9:39. Swan, Tri (roughing), 9:39. Kubicek, Sea (roughing), 11:49. Bateman, Sea (slashing), 13:20. Bowman, Tri (major-checking from behind, game misconduct), 17:42.
Third period – 7, Seattle, Bruggen-Cate 2 (Davidson, Jeri-Leon), 6:27 (pp). Penalties – Lajoie, Tri (hooking), 4:37. Kohle, Tri (interference), 8:32. Horon, Sea (cross checking), 10:14. McNelly, Sea (interference), 13:37. Swan, Tri (slashing), Bell, Tri (hooking), 15:47.
Shots on goal – Seattle 11-14-13 38, Tri-City 5-12-5 22. Goalies – Seattle, Milic 22 shots-21 saves (2-0-0-0); Tri-City, Dunsford 38-32 (1-1-0-0). Power plays – Seattle 4-7; Tri-City 0-6. Referees – Adam Griffiths, Bobby Jo Love. Linesmen – Rance Hughes, Daniel Spore.