After playing two periods of scoreless hockey and then finding themselves down a goal early in the third, the Tri-City Americans erupted for four scores to skate away from the Calgary Hitmen with a 4-1 win Wednesday night, the first of a three-game road swing.
Tri-Citys Brian Williams scored in the third minute of the period to answer Calgarys lone score, and he wrapped up the outburst with his team-high 31st goal into an empty net with 40 seconds left. In between, Braden Purtill scored his eighth (11:34) and Ty Comrie his third (16:46).
Eric Comrie had a big night in goal for the Americans with 39 saves on 40 shots. Tri-City, which won its first road game since Dec. 6 at Prince George, needed just 30 shots to connect on its four goals.
The Americans (25-21, 55 points) continue their road swing Friday at Edmonton. They remain solidly in eighth place for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, eight points ahead of Prince George.