Slow start hampers Seattle Thunderbirds in 5-1 setback at Tri-City
Americans score first four goals in easy victory
KENNEWICK — Scoring the first four goals of the game made it easy for the Tri-City Americans to post a 5-1 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds in Western Hockey League action Tuesday night.
The Thunderbirds (18-27-2-1) saw their two-game winning streak come to an end.
The Americans (28-17-1-2) took a 2-0 lead on two goals by Brian Williams.
Justin Gutierrez and Wil Tomchuk also scored for Tri-City before Seattle finally scored on a goal by Alexander Delnov at 14:08 of the second period. The score came on the end of a five-on-three power play. Connor Honey moved the puck from the left point to Roberts Lipsbergs at the bottom of the left circle.
Lipsbergs fed the puck across the crease to Delnov at the right post. Delnov slammed the puck past Americans goalie Luke Lee-Knight.
Gutierrez added a second goal for the Americans in the third period.
Seattle lost despite a 27-19 advantage in shots, but the Thunderbirds were hurt by a 1-for-7 effort on power plays.
Anthony Arena, a Kenmore product and a former member of the Sounders FC U-23s, was drafted Tuesday by Houston in the first round of the MLS Supplemental Draft.
Also drafted was University of Washington midfielder Ben Fisk, selected by New York in the second round, and Machael David of Tacoma, who was taken by Colorado in the third round.
Fisk, a senior midfielder and co-captain from Federal Way, became the second Husky drafted in 2013. Fisk helped the Huskies to their first NCAA tournament game and victory since 2007. Fellow senior co-captain Dylan Tucker-Gangnes of Bainbridge Island was taken in the 2013 MLS Super Draft on Jan. 17 by Portland with the 34th choice.
From association reports.