Ams topple Everett, snap 3-game skid

By Annie Fowler, Tri-City HeraldNovember 3, 2012 

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Losing three games in a row is never part of anyone's plan. Stretching the skid to four games wasn't going to happen, especially on home ice.

Malte Stromwall scored the game-winner at 6:59 of the third period, and Justin Feser added two assists as the Tri-City Americans beat the Everett Silvertips 3-2 on Friday night before a crowd of 3,910 at Toyota Center to end a three-game slide.

"It's wasn't a pretty game, but we got the job done," said Feser, who tied Patrick Holland and Ian McDonald for 12th on the team's all-time list with 145 career assists. "We did what we had to do in the third to keep them off the board. Our fans have supported us through the losses and it was nice to reward them with a win."

The Americans (10-6-1-1, 22 points) have beaten Everett (6-10-0-2, 14 points) five consecutive times, including all four meetings this season.

"We just needed to win one," Hiller said of his team's struggles. "You hate to outchance a team and lose. We missed four open nets. You don't like to see those piling up. The scales tipped in the right direction tonight."

Tri-City will host Red Deer tonight in their only meeting of the season. The Rebels (9-8-1-1, 20 points) are coming off a 3-1 win over Spokane on Friday.

Tied at 2 early in the third, the Americans went on the power play at 5:38 when the Silvertips were caught with six men on the ice.

One minute later, the power play turned into a 5-on-3 man advantage as Nick Walters sent the puck out of play.

Stromwall, camped out to the right of Everett goalie Austin Lotz, had a wide open net for his seventh goal of the season, and his team-leading third game-winner.

The Silvertips pulled Lotz the last 1:21 of the game, but couldn't even the score.

Brian Williams had given the Americans a 2-1 lead just 23 seconds into the third period with a power-play goal, only to see Everett come back 3 minutes later with a power-play goal by Kohl Bauml.

Trailing 1-0 in the second, the Americans had sustained pressure in Everett's zone when Beau McCue sent the puck out of the left corner toward the front of the net. The puck ricocheted off Everett defenseman Mirco Mueller's skate and into the net at 8:17 to tie the score.

"I saw (Lucas) Nickles out front and he had two guys about 5 feet from him," McCue said. "I tried to get him the puck and it took a weird bounce, hit the far D-man and went in. Both of my goals have come against Everett from below the goal line."

In a lackluster first period that saw the teams combine for nine shots on goal the first 15 minutes of the game, the Silvertips broke a scoreless tie at 19:21 of the first as Stathis Soumelidis scored his first goal of the year, cleaning up a rebound off a shot from mid-point by Landon Oslanski.

Americans goalie Eric Comrie finished with 18 saves as he picked up his 10th win of the season.

Lotz had 25 saves for Everett, which also got two assists from defenseman Ryan Murray.

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