Brian Williams and Connor Rankin scored in the shootout to lead the Tri-City Americans to a 2-1 road victory over the Prince Albert Raiders on Tuesday at Art Hauser Centre.
“It was a good game,” Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said in a phone interview. “Entertaining for anyone who was watching. We have points in seven and we are proud of that.”
The Americans (7-3-0-1, 15 points), who are 3-0 on their swing through the East Division, will play at Saskatoon (4-7-0-0) tonight. Tri-City has won four in a row and is tied atop the U.S. Division with Portland.
East-leading Prince Albert (7-2-0-2) wasted no time in taking an early lead as Reid Gardiner scored just 2:45 into the game.
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The Raiders would hold the lead until 2:02 of the third when Jesse Mychan redirected a shot by Lucas Nickles between the pads of PA goalie Luke Siemens to tie the score.
After a scoreless overtime, the Americans closed the deal in the shootout, where Eric Comrie stopped both shots he faced, while his teammates connected at the other end.
Comrie finished with 32 saves and picked up his 26th career win, putting him 10th on the team’s all-time wins list.
“Everyone understands that if we play a certain way and everyone contributes we can win,” Hiller said. “It’s more fun to win. They make the choice.”
Defenseman Brodie Clowes played his first game for Tri-City after sitting out with a shoulder injury since his trade from Victoria last month.
The Americans played without defenseman Mitch Topping, who took a hit to the back against Brandon on Saturday, and forward Ryan Chynoweth, who suffered a shoulder injury against Moose Jaw on Sunday.