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Pair of Third Period Goals Pushes Winterhawks Past Americans

January 22, 2022 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Tri-City Americans News Release


Tri-City Americans forward Sasha Mutala (left) vs. the Portland Winterhawks
Tri-City Americans forward Sasha Mutala (left) vs. the Portland Winterhawks
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Kennewick, WA - The Americans fell to the Portland Winterhawks 5-3 tonight at the Toyota Center.

Ryan McCleary gave the Winterhawks a 1-0 lead 2:06 into tonight's game.

Two minutes later Connor Bouchard tied the game for Tri-City as he redirected a shot from Rhett Melnyk. Sasha Mutala also received an assist on the goal.

Portland added one more goal from Tyson Kozak to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. Cross Hanas extended Portland's lead to 3-1 early into the second period.

8:34 into the second period while playing four-on-four, Petr Moravec scored on a give-and-go with Marc Lajoie to put the Americans back within one.

The score held with a 3-2 Portland lead until ten minutes later when Tyson Greenway tied the game for the Americans.

Greenway's goal, his eighth of the season, extends his point streak to four games with two goals and four assists over that period.

The Americans were unable to carry their momentum into the third period as Kozak scored his second of the night for Portland to take back the Winterhawks' lead. Marcus Nguyen secured the Winterhawks victory with an empty net goal with thirty seconds remaining.

Tomas Suchanek put on a strong performance in net for the Americans, turning aside 43 of 47 shots faced.

Score: 5-3 POR

Shots: 48-30 POR

The Ams are back at the Toyota Center tomorrow as they take on the Spokane Chiefs.





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