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Feser three points, Comrie 22 saves as the Americans beat the Blazers 4-2

Sunday, 11.11.2012 / 2:04 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Feser three points, Comrie 22 saves as the Americans beat the Blazers 4-2

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Justin Feser had a goal and two assists and Eric Comrie finished with 22 saves as the Tri-City Americans upended the top-ranked Kamloops Blazers 4-2 on Saturday in Western Hockey League action.

“The first thing I look at is the 24 shots on goal,” Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said. “That is a dynamic offensive team. That is hard work. They are good and we know what it feels like when you are that good. People enjoy beating you.”

Mitch Topping, Connor Rankin and Zach Yuen also scored for the Americans (13-7-2), who have won three of their last four games and are now tied for second with the Spokane Chiefs in the U.S. Division.

Colin Smith and Brendan Ranford scored for the Blazers (17-4-1), who have lost three games in a row after winning 16 of their first 17 contests to start the season.

Cole Cheveldave stopped 22-of-25 shots in a losing cause.

Tri-City went 2-for-3 on the power play while Kamloops failed to score on three chances with the man advantage.

The Americans jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period with goals from Topping and Yuen.

The Blazers cut into the lead with a goal from Smith with 37 seconds left in the first.

Feser scored late in the second period to give Tri-City a 3-1 lead, but Ranford pulled Kamloops within one goal early in the third period.

The Blazers pulled Cheveldave for an extra attacker with 1:16 left in regulation only to see Rankin send the puck down ice into the empty net with 40 seconds remaining.

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