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T-Birds Fall To Americans

Brian Liesse

Kukuca scores in 3-1 loss to Tri-City

KENT, September 27, 2019 — The Tri-City Americans defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-1 Friday night at accesso ShoWare Center.

The T-Birds next game is Wednesday, October 2, at the Kamloops Blazers at 7pm. They return home to the accesso ShoWare Center on Saturday, October 5 to play the Victoria Royals at 6:05pm.

Tri-City went in front 1-0 on a power-play goal by Sasha Mutala at 13:09 of the first period.

The Americans took a 2-0 lead at 10:27 of the second period on a power-play goal by Samuel Huo.

Andrej Kukuca cut the Americans lead to one at 10:16 of the third period with a power-play goal. Kukuca took a pass from Simon Kubicek above the left circle. Kukuca skated to the top of the circle and snapped a puck through traffic past Tri-City goalie Beck Warm. Payton Mount had the second assist.

With 1:47 left in the third Seattle pulled goalie Roddy Ross with a faceoff in the Americans zone. The T-Birds kept the pressure on Warm and the Americans, but Mutala hit the empty net with two seconds left to seal the win.

Ross finished with 21 saves on 23 shots and Warm had 31 save 32 shots.

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.

SCORING SUMMARY

First period – 1, Tri-City, Mutala 2, 13:09 (pp). Penalties – Rybinski, Sea (slashing), :48. McNelly, Sea (instigator, major-fighting, 10 minute misconduct), 12:09. Roberts, Tri (major-fighting), 12:09.

Second period – 2, Tri-City, Huo (Mutala), 10:27 (pp). Penalties – Roberts, Tri (boarding), :30. Rybinski, Sea (tripping), 8:01. Horon, Sea (delay of game), 9:51.

Third period – 3, Seattle, Kukuca 2 (Kubicek, Mount), 10:16 (pp). 4, Tri-City, Mutala 3, 19:58.

Penalties – Stewart, Tri (double minor-high sticking), 1:03. Kushniryk, Tri (tripping), 3:41. Bouchard, Tri (cross checking), 9:08. Bauer, Sea (checking to the head), 10:28. Stewart, Tri (roughing), 10:28. Mutala, Tri (tripping), 15:37.

Shots on goal – Seattle 7-14-11 32, Tri-City 11-7-6 24. Goalies – Seattle, Ross 23 shots-21 saves (1-1-0-0); Tri-City, Warm 32-31 (2-1-0-0). Power plays – Seattle 1-6; Tri-City 2-4. Referees – Jeff Ingram, Bobby Jo Love. Linesmen – Brett Mackey, Tim Plamondon.

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