Nick Sanders just missed his first WHL shutout, and four different players scored for the Tri-City Americans in a 4-1 win over the Everett Silvertips on Saturday night at Toyota Center.
The Americans (32-34-2-1, 67 points) kept their slim playoff hopes alive, as Spokane and Portland lost Saturday night. Tri-City trails the Chiefs by four points for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with three games left in the regular season. Portland is a point ahead of Spokane.
Tri-City is back on the home ice at 5:05 p.m. today against the Kelowna Rockets.
Sanders stopped the first 25 shots he faced before Everett’s Patrick Bajkov found the net with a scant 9 seconds hanging on the clock. The game had long since been decided.
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Defenseman Brandon Carlo put Tri-City on the board in the first period with his third goal of the season.
Parker AuCoin added his fifth in the second period, and Jordan Roy and Jordan Topping closed out Tri-City’s scoring in the third.
First-1, Tri-City, Carlo 3 (Bowles, Geekie), 16:40. Penalties-Carlo TC (hooking), 0:40; served by Winkler Evt (too many men), 7:11.
Second-2, Tri-City, AuCoin 5 6:14. Penalties-Pfeifer Evt (elbowing), 3:46.
Third-3, Tri-City, Roy 2 (Yaremko), 2:04. 4, Tri-City, Topping 31 (Geekie), 16:17. 5, Everett, Bajkov 18 (Fonteyne, Skrumeda), 19:51. Penalties-MacDonald Evt (high sticking), 5:48; Bowles TC (major-slashing, game misconduct), 8:41.
Shots-Everett 5-9-12-26. Tri-City 9-10-6-25. Power Play-Everett 0x2; Tri-City 0x3. Goalies-Everett, Hart 35-23-1-3 (25 shots-21 saves). Tri-City, Sanders 8-6-0-1 (26 shots-25 saves). A-4,248