Americans Skate Past T-Birds

Judy Simpson

Gottfried and Kukuca score in 5-2 loss to Tri-City

KENNEWICK, November 1, 2019 — The Tri-City Americans defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 5-2 Friday night at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.

The T-Birds are in Portland on Saturday to face the Winterhawks at 6pm at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The game will be broadcast in Seattle on JOEtv Channel 22/Cable 110. This is the first of eight games between the T-Birds and Winterhawks being broadcast on JOEtv this season. The T-Birds released the JOEtv broadcast schedule on October 30.

The T-Birds return to accesso ShoWare Center on Friday, November 8, and will take on the Kamloops Blazers at 7:35pm. This game is the team’s second Dave and Buster’s Pub Night of the season. Fans can get 10 tickets, 10 beers and 10 hats for $220. To purchase a Dave and Buster’s Pub Night special call the T-Birds at 253-239-PUCK (7825).

Reid Schaefer skating at the Toyota Center in his first game for the T-Birds.
Reid Schaefer skating at the Toyota Center in his first game for the T-Birds.

Reid Schaefer made his T-Birds debut against the Americans. Schaefer was selected by the T-Birds in the eighth round, 164th overall, in the 2018 Bantam Draft. He signed a WHL Standard Player Agreement with the team on September 2, 2018.

Seattle (5-6-2-1) took a 1-0 lead at 4:45 of the second period just after they killed off a Americans power play. Simon Kubicek hit Ryan Gottfriend with a pass at center ice as Gottfried was coming out of the penalty box. Gottfried had a breakaway and came down on Tri-City goalie Beck Warm. Gottfried beat Warm on the blocker side off the post and in for his goal as a T-Bird. Goalie Roddy Ross had the second assist on the goal for his first point in the WHL.

Tri-City (8-5-0-0) tied the game 1-1 at 8:38 of the second on a power-play goal by Edge Lambert.

Seattle killed off 1:28 of a Americans five-on-three power play with just under eight minutes left in the second. Matthew Wedman almost put the T-Birds in front on a breakaway down two men, but he hit the right post with his shot.

The Americans took a 2-1 lead on an unassisted goal by Samuel Stewart at 16:52 of the second.

Andrej Kukuca tied the game 2-2 51 seconds into the third period on the power play. Wedman took a shot that came off Warm with Jared Davidson then getting a stick on the puck. Kukuca chipped the second rebound over Warm for his sixth goal of the season.

Tri-City took a 3-2 lead at 2:07 of the third on a goal from Paycen Bjorklund.

Seattle pulled Ross with 1:33 left for an extra attacker to try and tie up the game. Connor Bouchard and Marc Lajoie each scored an empty-net goal though to seal the win for Tri-City.

Single game tickets are on sale online on the T-Birds website and at the accesso ShoWare Center box office.

The T-Birds are now taking orders for Flex-24 Ticket packages. Fans that purchase the 24-Flex Ticket Package will be able to select any available premium seat for any game, in any ticket combination, during the 2019-20 season.


First period – No scoring. Penalties – Lajoie, Tri (tripping), 13:41. Krivokrasov, Tri (tripping), 15:33.

Second period – 1, Seattle, Gottfried 1 (Kubicek, Ross), 4:45. 2, Tri-City, Lambert 3 (Mutala, Olson), 8:38 (pp). 3, Tri-City, Stewart 1, 16:52. Penalties – Kubicek, Sea (tripping), :41. Lambert, Tri (roughing), 1:40. Bateman, Sea (roughing), 1:40. Gottfried, Sea (tripping), 2:39. Gottfried, Sea 7:45. Kubicek, Sea (holding), 11:29. Bauer, Sea (boarding), 12:03. Morozoff, Sea (hooking), 14:48. Hrabik, Tri (interference), 19:20.

Third period – 4, Seattle, Kukuca 6 (Davidson, Wedman), :51 (pp). 5, Tri-City, Bjorklund 4 (Huo, Cadieux), 2:07. 6, Tri-City, Bouchard 3 (Bowman, Olson), 18:39 (en). 7, Tri-City, Lajoie 3, 19:44 (en/sh). Penalties – Wedman, Sea (interference), 6:02. Hrabik, Tri (hooking), 18:45.

Shots on goal – Seattle 8-8-9 25, Tri-City 7-19-13 39. Goalies – Seattle, Ross 37 shots-34 saves (5-4-2-1); Tri-City, Warm 25-23 (6-5-0-1). Power plays – Seattle 1-4; Tri-City 1-7. Referees – Troy Paterson, Bryan Bourdon. Linesmen – Nick Bilko, Steve Flemming.

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