The Americans come away with a 7-2 victory. Malte Strömwall had two goals and an assist in possibly his best game of the year.
Strömwall and Brian Williams score in the third to finish the scoring.
Game 2 is Saturday at Toyota Center.
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A goal by Adam Hughesman gave the Americans a 5-1 lead, but JT Barnett made it 5-2, redirecting a shot by Ryan Murray at 15:53 to make it 5-2.
Everett goalie Kent Simpson got pulled after Hughesman's goal at 8:04 and was replaced by Austin Lotz. Simpson faced 23 shots and had 18 saves. Lotz has 7 saves, so far.
The Americans are on a scoring spree here in the first, taking a 4-1 lead, with four different players scoring goals.
Jesse Mychan, Malte Strömwall, Mason Wilgosh and Connor Rankin have all scored goals. Brendan Shinnimin has two assists.
Ryan Murray has Everett's lone goal, a blast from the top of the right circle that stuck in the twine of the net.
First night of the playoffs here at Toyota Center. Americans vs. Silvertips.
This is the third time the teams have met in the playoffs, with Tri-City winning 4-1 in the first round in 2009, and Everett taking a first-round series 4-1 in 2006.
Brandon beat Calgary 6-2 in the opening game of the playoffs on Thursday. Former Tri-City goalie Chris Driedger took the loss.
Everyone is on tap tonight, including Game 2 between the Wheat King and the Hitmen.
Medicine is fortunate to have Tyler Bunz in goal against Saskatoon.
Bunz, the Eastern Conference goalie of the year, had two impaired driving charges against him stayed Thursday. Bunz was charged with the offenses on May 28, 2011 in St. Albert, Alberta, his hometown.
Bunz, 20, was facing one count of impaired driving and one count of driving with a blood-alcohol level over .08.
On to tonight.
Ty Rimmer, who turns 20 today, is in goal for the Americans, with his summer workout partner Kent Simpson in goal for Everett.
The Silvertips will be challenged to stop, slow, disrupt (circle one or more) the Americans’ top line of Brendan Shinnimin, Adam Hughesman and Patrick Holland, who all had more than 100 points during the regular season. Good luck with that.
It appears Holland is on a line with Justin Feser and Jesse Mychan to start the game. We'll see if that changes.
On the scratch list are Marcus Messier, Lucas Nickles, Tyson Dallman, Beau McCue, Lukas Walter, Justin Gutierrez, Clint Filbrandt and Parker Bowles. All are healthy scratches. Good to see Brian Williams back on the healthy side of the roster.
For Everett, Trent Lofthouse, Lucas Grayson, Carson Samoridny and Austin Adam are scratched.
Officials tonight are referees Trent Knorr and Jeff Ingram, while Trevor Shivley and Chris Sweeting are the linesmen.
Hoping our staff photograher puts together a gallery of tonight's game. The last Everett game when the Ams won the U.S Division title, and Tuesday's playoff rally at the TRAC, combined for more than 18,000 views.
Puck drops in 7.