Hockey: Ams lock up playoff spot in loss

March 11, 2014 

The Tri-City Americans earned a playoff spot Tuesday night after picking up a point in a 3-2 overtime loss to Portland at Memorial Coliseum.

The Americans (28-32-4-5, 65 points) knocked Prince George out of the race for the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

Portland’s Brendan Leipsic scored the game-winner 30 seconds into overtime as the Winterhawks (51-13-2-3, 107 points) won their 14th in a row on home ice.

Americans goalie Eric Comrie finished with 46 saves, setting a franchise record for saves in a single season (1,831), surpassing Aaron Baker’s mark of 1,825 during the 1997-98 season.

Comrie’s record-setting save came at 8:26 of the third period on a shot by Oliver Bjorkstrand.

Parker Bowles had both goals for the Americans, who had a 2-1 lead in early in the third period. Beau McCue added two assists.

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