Ams notch 4-1 win in Rimmer's return

By Annie Fowler, Tri-City HeraldOctober 6, 2012 

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Ty Rimmer's return to Toyota Center did not go the way he had hoped.

The former Tri-City goalie, who was traded to Lethbridge during the offseason, got a warm reception before the game, but in the end, the Americans put friendship aside, handing the Hurricanes a 4-1 loss Friday night before a crowd of 4,083.

"In warmups there were mixed emotions," said Rimmer, who finished with 24 saves. "Once the puck dropped, it was just another game. We really needed these two points. This is a tough building to come into. We needed a couple of more saves from myself."

The Americans (3-3-0-0, 6 points), who host Victoria tonight, have won two in a row. The Royals (4-2-0-0, 8 points) dropped a 5-3 game to Spokane on Friday.

"You work hard and play a certain style of game, and success comes with that," Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said. "We are starting to do that."

The Americans led from start to finish and had a 3-1 lead after two periods. In the third, they held off a flurry of shots by the Hurricanes, who could not solve Eric Comrie as the Ams goalie stopped all 17 shots in the third and finished with 36 saves.

"When you get a lead, it's easier to play," Comrie said. "The shots were easy shots and the guys were blocking shots and clearing rebounds."

Drydn Dow finished the scoring for Tri-City with his first goal of the season at 18:50 of the third on the power play.

The Hurricanes, denied by Comrie in the first period, finally found the net in the second as Sam McKechnie picked up his own rebound and put the puck in the net at the 6-minute mark to pull within 2-1.

"Our first period was slow," said Hurricanes coach Rich Preston. "It was our first game in a week and we were rusty. We just couldn't score. Practice and playing are different. You have to get into a competitive shift-to-shift atmosphere."

Tri-City answered right back as Justin Feser took a pass off the wall from rookie Parker Bowles, brought the puck into the zone and beat Rimmer in the slot from the top of the circles to give the Americans a 3-1 lead.

Tri-City got the scoring started early as Bowles redirected a shot from the point by Michal Plutnar at 1:35. It was Bowles' second goal of the season and his first multi-point night.

"Jim is giving me a lot of opportunities to see what I can do," Bowles said. "As a young guy, you have to do what you can. This is a great experience and the older guys have taken me under their wing."

Bowles' performance has not gone unnoticed by his coach.

"He has a knack for the game offensively," Hiller said. "He's going to be a good scorer in the league. He really loves the game."

Connor Rankin would extend the Americans lead to 2-0 at 12:55, taking the puck off the wall, cutting toward the net and back-handing the puck over Rimmer's shoulder.

Notes: The Americans were without forward Jesse Mychan, who suffered a lower-body injury last weekend in Spokane. Mychan said he expects to return to the lineup when Tri-City plays in Brandon on Oct. 13. ... Spokane traded 20-year-old D-man Davis Vandane to the Prince Albert Raiders in exchange for a conditional bantam draft pick in 2013. Spokane's overage players are D-man Brenden Kichton and forwards Blake Gal and Dylan Walchuk. The Chiefs also released goalie Mac Engel.

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