Michael Rasmussen scored twice on Sunday at the Toyota Center, but the Tri-City Americans fell to the Everett Silvertips 4-3, with the game-winning goal coming in the final 20 seconds of regulation.
The loss was Tri-City’s sixth in its past eight games and kept it firmly in fourth place in the U.S. Division standings at 15-10-3-0.
Bryce Kindopp had two goals for Everett (19-12-1-1), including the game-winner with 18 seconds remaining. That goal answered Rasmussen’s second (14th of the season), which tied the game at 3-all early in the third period.
Maxwell James scored the other Americans’ goal, giving them a 2-1 lead at the 5:31 mark of the second period — their only lead of the game.
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After playing eight of its past nine games in the friendly confides of the Toyota Center, Tri-City hits the road this week to play at Medicine Hat on Wednesday, Edmonton on Friday and Red Deer on Saturday. The four-game road trip concludes with a game against the Portland Winterhawks on Dec. 27 at the Moda Center.
First—1, Evt, Sutter 10 (Richards, Bajkov), 10:35. 2, TC, Rasmussen 13 (Geekie), 14:29 (PP).
Second—3, TC, James 5 (Johnson, Olson), 5:31 (PP). 4, Evt, Kindopp 8 (Richards, Christiansen), 8:18 (PP). 5, Evt, Wylie 2 (Christiansen, Kindopp), 14:57 (PP).
Third—6, TC, Rasmussen 14 (Välimäki, Geekie), 4:07 (PP). 7, Evt, Kindopp 9 (Walker, Dewar), 19:42.
Shots-Evt 4-9-9-22. TC 13-8-11-32. Power Play Opportunities-Evt 2 / 5; TC 3 / 7. Goalies-Evt, Wolf 3-1-0-0 (32/29). TC, Warm 8-5-0-0 (22/18). A-3,202 Referees-Trevor Nolan (51), Mark Pearce (5). Linesmen-Ron Dietterle (121), Steven Fleming (144).