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Americans Ride Comrie and Williams for 3-0 Home Victory

Kennewick, WA - Brian Williams recorded his second career hat trick, providing all the offense the Tri-City Americans (2-3-0-1 5 pts.) needed, as Eric Comrie recorded a 30 save shutout, leading the Americans to a 3-0 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds (3-2-0-0 6 pts.) Tuesday night.

It was Comrie's first shutout of the season and the sixth of his WHL career. The outing also dropped his GAA down to 2.68 in six games this season.

While it was only Williams' second career hat trick, his first came just last week in a 6-2 victory over the Portland Winterhawks. With the three goal effort, he is now tied with Mitch Holmberg of the Spokane Chiefs for the WHL goal scoring lead.

The game got off to a defensive start, with both teams struggling to get shots to the goaltender.  It wasn't until a Lucas Nickles penalty at 3:10, that the game began to open up. Just after the penalty expired, Matthew Barzal took a pass at the top of the crease for what appeared to be a wide open net, but Comrie slid across his crease to deny the rookie with a glove save.

At 10:08, the Americans took momentum back from the Thunderbirds when it went on a power play of its own, registering four shots on the opportunity. Tri-City outshot Seattle 12-6 in the first period, but were unable to solve Justin Myles.

Tri-City finally got on the board in the second period, taking advantage of its second power play opportunity at the 6:34 mark. Brian Williams took a feed from Connor Rankin, skated around a Seattle defender, and slid the puck past Myles on the back hand, giving the Americans a 1-0 lead.  

After gaining the lead, Tri-City found itself in penalty trouble for an extended period of time. The Thunderbirds had many quality chances in a power play that included a seven-second two-man advantage, but Comrie and the Tri-City penalty killers proved equal to the task. The Thunderbirds failed to score on all six of its power play opportunities on the night.

One minute after Tri-City returned to full Strength in the second period, Williams snapped home his second goal of the game, taking a pass from Rankin on the side boards, and beating Myles with a high wrist shot at 12:29 of the second period.

Williams would complete his natural hat trick just 18 seconds into the third period, making the Thunderbirds comeback attempt that much more difficult with a 3-0 deficit to overcome.  

Comrie took over from that point on, making 14 of his 30 saves in the third period. Myles took the loss for the Thunderbirds with 28 saves on the night.

The Americans will now hit the road for a three-game road swing starting this Friday night in Everett. After playing the Silvertips, Tri-City will make stops in Victoria and Kamloops before returning home to play Kamloops again on Friday October 11 at the Toyota Center.

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