The Tri-City Americans recorded a 2-0 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday in the opening game of the Holiday Inn Preseason Classic in Everett.
After two scoreless periods, the Americans took a 1-0 lead at 17:26 of the third on a short-handed goal by Vladislav Lukin.
The Thunderbirds then pulled their goaltender for an extra attacker with the Americans on the power play, which resulted in an empty-net goal for rookie Parker AuCoin.
Tri-City’s Evan Sarthou stopped all 16 shots he faced in the preseason opener. Beck Warm came in midway through the second period and stopped all 11 shots to earn the win.
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Seattle’s Taz Burman stopped 32 of 33 shots in the loss.
The Americans outshot the Thunderbirds 34-27, including 16-11 in the first period.
Tri-City will play the Portland Winterhawks at 11:30 a.m. today and will finish the tournament Sunday against the Victoria Royals.
TRI-CITY SIGNS TWO PROSPECTS: Defensemen Dakota Krebs and Landon Fuller signed standard Western Hockey League player agreements Friday with the Americans.
Fuller was selected in the fifth round (90th overall) in the 2014 bantam draft. Krebs was listed by the Americans on Sept. 28.
Last season, the 6-foot-3, 175-pound Fuller played for his hometown Williams Lake Midget team of the Williams Lake Minor Hockey Association in British Columbia.
Krebs, a native of Okotoks, Alberta, played last season with the Rockyview Raiders of the Alberta Minor Midget AAA Hockey League. The 6-4, 180-pound Krebs played in 29 games, scoring four goals with 27 assists and 40 penalty minutes.