KENNEWICK – The Tri-City Americans scored three powerplay goals in the first 26 minutes on their way to a 3-1 win over the Everett Silvertips in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series Saturday night at the Toyota Center. Tri-City leads the series 2-0 after holding serve at home as the teams shift to Everett for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Wednesday at Comcast Arena.
The ‘Tips were held scoreless for nearly 59 minutes before Ryan Murray scored his second goal of the postseason to make it 3-1 late in regulation. The Americans spent 17 of the game’s first 30 minutes on the powerplay to take control and scored three times on eight chances in total. Everett went 0 for 4 on the man-advantage.
The Silvertips found themselves shorthanded for over half the first period, but trailed only 2-0 after one. Ryan Harrison received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for interference at the 9:44 mark, and both Tri-City goals would come on the ensuing powerplay. Patrick Holland scored on a long wrist shot from the point for the first goal and then Mason Wilgosh knocked in a rebound in front just over two minutes later as the Americans finished 2 for 5 on 12 minutes worth of powerplay time in the first period alone.
Tri-City extended the lead at 6:20 of the second period with another powerplay goal after Cody Fowlie received a major and game misconduct for checking from behind. This time Adam Hughesman zipped a wrist shot from the left boards that snuck inside the near post to make it 3-0 through 40 minutes.
The ‘Tips stayed out of the penalty box in the third period and outshot the Americans 6-5, but couldn’t break Ty Rimmer’s goose-egg until the final minutes. With 1:03 to go and Kent Simpson off for the extra attacker, Ryan Murray snuck a long shot through traffic and into the net to get Everett on the board before time ran out in the 3-1 defeat.
Kent Simpson (0-2) stopped 33 shots in total and made a number of key saves in the Silvertips’ losing cause. Ty Rimmer (2-0) ended with 17 saves to help the Americans build their 2-0 series lead. Tri-city outshot Everett 36-18 in total.
The teams will now travel back across the Cascades for Games 3 and 4 of the best-of-seven series in Everett. Game 3 is set for Tuesday night at Comcast Arena, with Game 4 to follow on Wednesday night as the ‘Tips look to battle their way back in the series. Both of next week’s Silvertips home games start at 7:05 pm.