Tri-City Americans

Ams earn shootout victory over T-birds

KENT -- Justin Feser scored in the third round of the shootout to give the Tri-City Americans a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Tuesday at ShoWare Center.

The Americans (10-4-1-0, 21 points), who never led in the game, also got goal and an assist from Feser in regulation, while Drew Owsley finished with 29 saves.

"It was a great win," Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said. "We were down four different times -- five if you count the shootout -- and we kept coming back."

The Thunderbirds (5-2-1-2, 13 points) took a 4-3 lead at 10:30 of the third as Burke Gallimore netted a power-play goal, but the lead was short-lived.

Catching Seattle on a line change, Feser and Patrick Holland skated in against Thunderbirds goalie Calvin Pickard on a 2-on-1 and Feser tied the game with his fifth goal of the season.

"He got off to a slow start to the season, but over the last six games he's started to come on," Hiller said. "With Kruise (Reddick) and Shinny (Brendan Shinnimin) on the sidelines, he's getting the job done."

Scoreless through the 5-minute overtime session, the game went to a shootout, where the Thunderbirds chose to go first.

Gallimore rang his shot off the crossbar and Adam Hughesman misfired for the Americans in the first round.

In the second, Marcel Noebels beat Owsley, and Holland evened things up at the other end.

Luke Lockhart failed to get the puck past Owsley in the third round, while Feser slid the puck under Pickard's right pad for the game winner.

Jordan Messier, Zach Yuen and Mason Wilgosh also scored for Tri-City, while Tyler Schmidt had two assists.

Lockhart had a pair of goals for Seattle, while Noebels had a goal and two assists, and Pickard 30 saves.

The Americans, who are at Everett on Friday, played without newly acquired defenseman Zak Stebner, who suffered a shoulder injury Saturday against Prince George.

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