KENT -- Snowy roads delayed the Tri-City Americans' arrival at ShoWare Center on Saturday, but the Americans wasted no time in taking control of the game.
Jordan Messier scored a pair of goals just 11 seconds apart in the first period in leading the Americans to a 5-1 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds in a game that got started 50 minutes late.
Tri-City (18-10-1-1, 38 points) scored four goals in the first -- two by Messier and one each by Justin Feser and Patrick Holland.
The Americans added a goal by Mason Wilgosh in the third as he redirected a shot by Brendan Shinnimin off the face-off at 3:58.
Shinnimin, Neal Prokop and Brooks Macek all had two assists for Tri-City, which has won six of its last seven games.
Drew Owsley finished with 24 saves for Tri-City and earned his 55th career win, moving him to fourth on the team's all-time wins list. Rookie Chris Driedger played the last 8:01 of the game, recording one save.
Seattle (13-10-3-4, 33 points), playing without starting goalie Calvin Pickard, who is at Team Canada's World Junior team camp, got 28 saves from Michael Salmon, making just his second start of the season.
Luke Lockhart had the lone goal for Seattle, which is 0-5 against Tri-City this season.