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Tri-City sends T-Birds to 14th straight loss
Justin Feser had a hat trick Sunday night to lead the Tri-City Americans to a 5-3 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds at the Toyota Center.
Seattle (16-25-2-1) has lost 14 straight games.
The T-Birds took a 1-0 lead at 5:51 of the first period. Branden Troock took a wrist shot from the right circle that beat Tri-City goalie Luke Lee-Knight over right leg.
Tri-City (24-16-1-2) tied the game 1-1 at 10:58 of the first when Zachary Yuen scored. Justin Feser and Malte Stromwall had the assists.
The Americans went in front 2-1 at 11:58 of the first on a goal from Justin Guieterrez. Drydn Dow and Ryan Chynoweth were credited with the assists.
Tri-City outshot Seattle 12-9 in the first period.
The T-Birds tied the game 2-2 early in the second period. Andrew Johnson followed up his own shot and beat Lee-Knight through the goalie's legs to get his first goal as a T-Bird. Justin Hickman centered the puck from the right corner to Johnson in the slot. Riley Sheen had the second assist on the goal.
Feser got the lead back for Tri-City when he scored a power-play goal at 12:28 of the second period. Mitch Topping and Stromwall had the assists on the go-ahead goal.
Seattle outshot Tri-City 9-8 in the second period but the Americans held a 22-20 advantage in shots after two periods.
Feser scored at 11:48 of the third period to extend the Americans lead to 4-2. Stromwall had the only assist on the goal.
Feser completed the natural hat trick at 18:22 of the third with a four-on-three power-play goal. Topping and Yuen were credited with the assist.
Seattle cut the lead to two goals at 19:17 of the third when Seth Swenson scored a shorthanded goal. Adam Kambeitz fed the puck to Swenson in front of Lee-Knight for the goal.
Both teams had eight shots on goal in the third period and the Americans finished the game with a 30-28 advantage in shots.
Seattle goalie Brandon Glover stopped 25 of 30 shots and his record is now 15-19-2-1.
Lee-Knight made 25 saves on 28 shots and his record is now 2-3-0-0.
The T-Birds' next game is Friday against the Everett Silvertips at 7:35pm at Comcast Arena. This game will be televised in the Pacific Northwest on Root Sports. The T-Birds are home at the ShoWare Center on Saturday to take on the Portland Winterhawks at 7:05 p.m. They play the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Sunday at 5:05 p.m. at the ShoWare Center.
T-Birds' tickets are available online at the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. Tickets can be purchased by calling 253-239-7825.
First period - 1, Seattle, Troock (Wolf), 5:51. 2, Tri-City, Yuen 4 (Feser, Stromwall), 10:58. 3, Tri-City, Gutierrez 1 (Dow, Chynoweth), 11:58. Penalties - Yuen, Tri (boarding), 1:36. Holub, Sea (interference), 13:10. Williams, Tri (game misconduct), 13:10. Johnson, Sea (slashing), 16:12. Walter, Tri (slashing), 16:12.
Second period - 4, Seattle, Johnson 6 (Hickman, Sheen), 2:30. 5, Feser 23 (Topping, Stromwall), 12:28 (pp). Penalties - Hauf, Sea (holding), 11:32. Plutnar, Tri (cross checking), 13:34. Hauf, Sea (tripping), 17:50.
Third period - 6, Tri-City, Feser 24 (Stromwall), 11:48. 7, Tri-City, Feser 26 (Topping, Yuen), 18:22 (pp). 8, Seattle, Swenson 14 (Kambeitz), 19:17 (sh). Penalties - Rankin, Tri (tripping), 1:02. Mychan, Tri (high-sticking), 5:01. Elliot, Sea (major-kneeing, major-fighting, game misconduct), 13:54. Williams, Tri (instigator, major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 13:54. Bench, Tri (too many men-served by Mychan), 16:56. Forsberg, Sea (holding), 17:07. Hickman, Sea (slashing), 18:45. Lockhart, Sea (10-minute misconduct), 18:45.
Shots on goal - Seattle 9-11-8 28, Tri-City 12-10-8 30. Goalies - Seattle, Glover 30 shots-25 saves (15-19-2-1); Tri-City, Lee-Knight 28-25 (3-2-0-0). Power plays - Seattle 0-5; Tri-City 2-6. A - 3,664. Referees - Mike Campbell, Jonathan Stephenson. Linesmen - Adam Brastad, Trevor Shively.