KENNEWICK -- Everett is one team Tri-City has struggled against this season, but Friday night, Carter Ashton scored in overtime as the Americans were able to rally for a 3-2 win and stop a three-game losing streak.
"I thought it was a well-played game," said Tri-City coach Jim Hiller, whose team is 5-4 against the Silvertips. "Lots of speed out there and good goaltending on both sides."
The Americans (38-21-2-2, 80 points) celebrated Drew Owsley's return to the crease, as did the announced crowd of 5,205 at Toyota Center.
"That sent shivers down my back," Owsley said of the rousing applause during the starting lineup. "That was awesome."
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Owsley, who missed nine games with a knee injury, showed no ill effects of the Feb. 12 incident, stopping 30 of 32 shots to pick up his 31st win of the season.
"It's been awhile," Owsley said. "The first 10 minutes I was a little off, but as the game went along, I got more accustomed to it. I was surprised -- it felt weird out there. I made a couple of saves late in the first, and I thought I was getting back in it. The guys are used to me out there. Driegs (Chris Driedger) was put in a tough spot."
Everett (27-27-6-4, 64 points) got a much-needed point to hang onto sixth place in the Western Conference.
"I thought we played pretty good," Everett coach Craig Hartsburg said. "For most of the game, we played hard and smart. Their high-end skilled guys made plays at the end."
Tri-City trailed 2-1 late in the third period before Kruise Reddick beat Luke Siemens in the slot to tie the score at 14:15.
In overtime, Everett's Parker Stan-field went to the penalty box for slashing at 2:23. It took the Americans 29 seconds to find the net as Ashton buried the game winner.
"You need your big guys," Hiller said. "They are the guys who can make a difference. I thought Drew had a real calming presence on everyone -- fans included."
The Silvertips wasted no time in testing Owsley as Josh Birkholz's shot from the left circle went over Owsley's right shoulder, clanked off the pipe and ricocheted into the net behind Owsley at 1:52.
The Americans made good use of their only power play in the first, scoring just seven seconds into the man advantage.
Justin Feser won the faceoff, and Jordan Messier tipped the puck to Patrick Holland, who backhanded the puck to Matt MacKenzie in the high slot. MacKenzie's blast beat Everett goalie Kent Simpson at 5:17 to tie the score.
"It's been a dry patch," said MacKenzie, who ended a 12-game point drought. "With the team struggling and me not producing the last seven-eight games, I came to the rink with a positive mindset. I know the coaches wanted me to put my point shot back in. Teams had started keying on me so I backed off. Now, I'm open more."
The Silvertips took a 2-1 lead at 5:34 of the second as Scott MacDonald took a cross-ice pass from Clayton Cumiskey and put the puck in at the left post before Owsley could get back across the crease.
Tri-City looked to tie the score with about a minute left in the period, but Reddick's shot hit the right post. Simpson's stick hit the net, giving the appearance of a goal.
Simpson, making his 19th consecutive start, left the game with 7.3 seconds left in the second period, gingerly skating toward the bench, and did not return. He had 27 saves on the night. Siemens took over in net, finishing with 11 saves and taking the loss.
Hartsburg said Simpson injured his ankle and would be evaluated today.