The only telltale sign that Jesse Mychan had his left Achilles tendon severed in March is the scar snaking up the back of his leg.
On Friday night, Mychan scored two goals, but his effort wasn’t enough as Seattle rallied to beat the Tri-City Americans 4-3 in a shootout in the Red Lion Hotels Preseason Tournament at Toyota Center.
Seattle scored two power-play goals in the third period to pull even with the Americans, and Roberts Lipsbergs scored the game winner in the shootout.
Lipsbergs, a forward from Latvia, also scored the game-tying goal in the third, which came at 14:41.
Playing in his first game since the accident, Mychan let his presence be known as he plowed Seattle’s Shea Theodore into the boards during his first shift less than a minute into the game.
Mychan opened the scoring at 10:55 on the power play, getting the puck past Seattle goalie Brandon Glover at the left on his second attempt.
Mitch Topping followed just 24 seconds later, picking up a rebound out front and burying the puck into an open net for a 2-0 Tri-City lead.
Just seconds after the Americans’ fourth power play ended, Mychan took the puck from Phil Tot at the top of the left circle, cut into the slot and beat Glover stick side at 18:46. Goalie Brenden Fiebelkorn, who started the play, also was credited with an assist.
Trailing 2-0, Seattle had a golden opportunity to cut into the Americans’ lead with 8 minutes remaining in first with a 5-on-3 man advantage for 1:10, but the Thunderbirds failed to register a shot on goal.
After going 0-for-4 on the man advantage in the opening period, Seattle made the most of its first opportunity in the second as Jesse Forsberg beat Brenden Fiebelkorn at 4:10.
The Americans failed to take advantage of a 5-minute power play in the second after Seattle’s Daniel Wray took out Drydn Dow with a knee to the thigh at 10:59. Tri-City managed just one shot on goal in a disappointing effort.
While Tri-City struggled to put shots on goal in the third, the Thunderbirds pulled within 3-2 at 7:29 with a power-play goal by Alexander Delnov.
Fiebelkorn finished with 33 saves as the Thunderbirds outshot the Americans 36-18.
In earlier games Friday, Spokane beat Everett 4-0 in a game marred by 132 penalty minutes, and Portland topped Kootenay 5-2.
Today, Kootenay plays Everett at 11 a.m., followed by Seattle and Portland at 3 p.m. Tri-City plays Spokane at 7:05 p.m.