The Tri-Cities Jr. Americans gave up three first-period goals and couldn't come back, losing 4-2 to the Pro Ambitions Nashua Panther Elites of New Hampshire in the first day of pool play Wednesday at the USA Hockey Midget 18 and Under 2A Tier II National Championships in Lansing, Mich.
The Jr. Americans did bounce back in the second period, scoring two goals -- Aaron Tansy at 7:02 off an assist by Taylor Hester, then Brett Myer at 2:42 with assists from Hester and Stephan Langston.
Phillip Sweeney, however, scored his second goal of the game in the third period to give Pro Ambitions a 4-2 lead.
Jr. Americans goalie Casey Kaiser stopped 31 of 35 shots.
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Tri-Cities plays at 5 a.m. PDT today against the South Central Alaska Wolves.