Third Period Comeback Falls Short in Kennewick

First Period
The Blue and White put in a solid opening road period, but would find themselves on the wrong end of score after twenty minutes.  Rookie goaltender Nick Schneider made the first start of his WHL career and would make eight saves in the frame.  The Pats penalty kill would come up with two big kills, but the powerplay would run into trouble.  With the Pats on the man advantage, Marcus Messier collected a loose puck at the point and raced away on a 2-on-1.  Messier elected to keep the puck and beat Schneider along the ice for the opening goal with 1:19 left in the frame.

Second Period
The middle period would go the way of the Americans early as right off the opening draw, the Americans rushed the puck ahead and Brian Williams made a great play on the back-hand to beat Schneider and put Tri-City up 2-0.  The Pats had numerous opportunities to get back within one on a pair of powerplays following the Americans’ second goal, but couldn’t beat Eric Comrie between the pipes.  Comrie made 11 stops in the period.  The Americans added to the lead when Philip Tot slipped by Jesse Zgraggan and pulled the puck across the crease to deposit the puck behind Schneider.  With the Americans on the powerplay late in the frame, the first unit got the puck moving around the zone and it finished with a Williams one-timer to leave Tri-City ahead 4-0 after two periods.

Third Period
The Pats started to claw their way back into the contest early in the final frame with Adam Brooks got the Blue and White on the board with his first of the season just 2:32 into the third.  Things got interesting when Boston Leier dug the puck out of the corner, drove to the front of the net and beat Comrie with a high wrister to bring the Pats within two goals.  The comeback looked to be in full swing when, with just under five minutes left, Braden Christoffer  busted in on the Americans’ net and snapped the puck to the back of the net to make it a 4-3 game.  That would be as close as the Pats would come, though, as Lucas Nickles came in on a 2-on-1 and beat Schneider up high to settle the game at a 5-3 final score.

Three Stars



Attendance: 4178

1. Brian Williams – 2G

Regina: 10-11-10-31

Regina: 0/5


2. Marcus Messier – 1G, 1A

Tri-City: 9-12-7-28

Tri-City: 1/5


3. Braden Christoffer – 1G, 1A




Next Game: at Spokane – Saturday, November 16th – 9:05 CST (CKRM)

Next Home Game: vs. Prince Albert – Friday, November 29th – 7:00 p.m. (CKRM)

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