KENNEWICK -- The Tri-City Americans are dangerous on the power play. On Friday, it was the only aspect of their game that had much merit.
Kruise Reddick scored the game-winner at 8:09 of the third period as the Americans rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Prince George Cougars 3-2 before a crowd of 3,777 at Toyota Center.
All three of the Americans' goals came on the power play -- which ranks third in the WHL -- as Tri-City (30-10-0-1, 61 points) increased its lead in the U.S. Division to nine points over idle Portland.
"A tremendous amount of credit goes to Prince George, they played an excellent game," said Tri-City coach Jim Hiller. "We didn't look good and that has to do with them. They have improved. Our power play hasn't been as dangerous as it has been lately, but special teams were pretty important tonight."
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The Cougars (9-31-1-1, 20 points) have not won at Toyota Center since Nov. 2, 2003 -- a span of 12 games -- and Friday they were hungry for a win.
"The first period was one of our best of the year," said PG coach Dean Clark. "To hold Tri-City to 26 shots is good, but it came down to special teams. We just need to believe in ourselves. We don't believe we can have success."
In the first period, Prince George did not play like a team that has won just nine games this season. The Cougars challenged the Americans from the start and took a 1-0 lead that stood at the end of the period.
At 9:42, Alex Rodgers found Taylor Makin all alone behind Tri-City goalie Alex Pechurskiy for an easy goal and a 1-0 lead.
The Cougars looked to make it 2-0 at 14:32 as former American Spencer Asuchak was awarded a penalty shot after a diving Brendan Shinnimin tossed his stick in Asuchak's path. Asuchak's shot went right into Pechurskiy's pads to keep the score at 1-0.
Things didn't look any better for the Americans at the start of the second period as Nick Buonassisi scored a power-play goal just 14 seconds into the action for a 2-0 lead.
But, things turned around for Tri-City with a pair of power plays in the second period.
Justin Feser slipped the puck in at the right post to cut the deficit to 2-1 at 5:32, and Adam Hughesman tied the game at 18:56, beating PG goalie Alex Wright from the left circle.
Reddick's goal came just 22 seconds into the Americans' third power play of the game as he beat Wright stick side.
"Huey (Hughesman) made a great pass through the seam and I was able to pull it around the D-man," Reddick said. "I was lucky it went in. Prince George played really well and almost took one from us."
Johnny Lazo had two assists and Pechurskiy had 24 saves in picking up his second win for the Americans.