KENNEWICK -- Toyota Center has become a house of horrors for the Seattle Thunderbirds.
Not only have the Thunderbirds lost 19 consecutive games in Kennewick, they had two goals disallowed Friday night in a 7-3 loss to the Tri-City Americans before an announced crowd of 6,064.
Adam Hughesman and Patrick Holland each had two goals to lead the Americans to their 12th consecutive win, as well as their 12th win in a row on home ice.
"For Nuclear Night, it fit the bill," Hughesman said.
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Tri-City (31-7-0-0), which will play at Everett tonight, leads the Western Hockey League with 62 points.
"It has been fun since the beginning of the year," Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said. "This has been a really great group of players. They are focused and committed to winning, and that hasn't changed since Day One."
The Thunderbirds (16-20-0-1, 33 points), trying to stay in the playoff race, have not won at Toyota Center since Jan. 27, 2008.
"You can tell there are places where the veterans are waiting to see what will happen instead of playing the game," Seattle coach Steve Konowalchuk said.
Seattle, which had its first goal disallowed in the first period, had another taken away at 3:08 of the third after video replay showed that Holland had scored at 2:44. Holland's shot went through the netting on the goal.
Though the players knew the puck went through the netting, play continued and Connor Honey put the puck past Eric Comrie at the other end.
When play stopped, Holland's shot was reviewed, giving him a goal and negating Honey's to put the Americans out front 6-2.
"It was an intense 30 seconds," Hiller said. "I've never seen that before. It doesn't often turn out like that."
Konowalchuk had no problem with Holland's goal.
"If it's a goal, it's a goal," he said.
Brendan Shinnimin gave Tri-City a 7-2 lead at 17:57, and Seattle's Shea Theodore finished the scoring with 17 seconds left in the game.
Trailing 2-0, the Thunderbirds dug themselves a big hole in the second period with back-to-back penalties to put the Americans on an extended power play.
Hughesman, who hadn't scored a goal in four games, scored his second of the night at 6:58 on a 5-on-3 man advantage. Mason Wilgosh gave Tri-City a 4-0 lead with a power-play goal at 7:20, cleaning up a rebound off a shot by Brian Williams.
"I think I finally played a good game in the second half," said Hughesman, who leads the team with 25 goals. "It was nice to get the bounces."
Holland, who has goals in five of his last six games, gave the Americans a 5-0 lead at 8:34 of the second period, pulling the puck from behind the net and sliding it under Seattle goalie Daniel Cotton. Williams did the dirty work behind the net before Holland rescued the puck. Williams finished with three assists.
"I'm happy, but I know I have to stay humble," Williams said of his night. "When you get a big head, you are never satisfied."
Seattle used a penalty shot and a power play to pull within 5-2 at the end of the second period.
Colin Jacobs beat Comrie with a penalty shot at 9:21, and Tyler Alos connected on the man advantage at 17:50, putting a dent in Tri-City's top-ranked penalty kill.
The Americans opened with a pair of goals to lead 2-0 at the end of the first period with goals by Jordan Messier and Hughesman.
Shinnimin did a great job of keeping control of the puck behind the net, then shook Seattle's Braeden Laroque in the left corner and passed the puck to Messier, who beat Cotton at 4:51 for his 13th goal of the season.
Shinnimin also had a hand in Hughesman's goal. He fed the puck out of the corner to his linemate, who scored at 10:49. Hughesman's goal put him past Dylan Stanley (113) for seventh on the Americans' all-time goals list.
Seattle looked to cut Tri-City's lead in half at 11:42, but Luke Lockhart's goal was disallowed after it was ruled Comrie was pushed into the net with the puck.
"That should have been a goal," Konowalchuk said. "That would have made it a 2-1 game."
Cotton, making his first start since Nov. 26 at Kamloops, was Seattle's best player in the first period. The rookie netminder had some impressive saves, including pad saves on point-blank shots by Hughesman and Williams. He finished with 38 saves.