AMERICANS DOWN BLAZERS 5-2
The Kamloops Blazers (9-9-1-1) allowed the Tri-City Americans (11-8-0-0) to go 3-for-6 on the power play en route to a 5-2 victory over the Blazers in Kennewick, WA.
The Americans opened the scoring with two power play goals in the first period.
Americans newly acquired 20-year-old forward Richard Nejezchleb set up Parker Bowles on a cross-ice pass and he one-timed a shot past goaltender Connor Ingram to make it 1-0.
Nejezchleb, who finished the night with four points, scored his first goal with the Americans banking a puck off a Blazers defender and in for a 2-0 first period lead.
The Blazers had a strong second period as they outshot the Americans 18-10 and got themselves back in the game.
After Beau McCue gave the Americans a 3-0 lead early in the period, the Blazers responded with two goals.
Matt Needham finished off a feed from Cole Ully, who was back in the line-up after missing the last three games, to make it 3-1.
Matt Revel made it 3-2 with 3:40 to play in the period for his sixth goal of the season.
The dagger for the Blazers was a late power play goal by the Americans. Justin Guitterez converted with 58 seconds to play in the second period to restore a 2-goal lead for the Americans.
With 19-year-old Eric Comrie in goal, it is always tough to score. The Blazers were unable to muster anything in the third period as the Americans scored a late goal in a 5-2 loss.
The Blazers outshot the Americans 38-29. The Blazers lost the special teams battle as they were 0-for-5 on the power play and the Americans finished 3-for-6.
Connor Ingram took the loss in goal with 24 saves and Eric Comrie earned the win with 36 stops.
The Blazers head to Portland to play a game on Saturday night to finish off a stretch of four straight road games.