KENNEWICK, Wash. - Lucky number 13.
That's what Mitch Fadden is going with after scoring the only goal in the shootout to lead the Tri-City Americans to a 5-4 victory over the Kamloops Blazers on Friday night in the Western Hockey League. In his first game with Tri-City after a trade from Lethbridge, Fadden, wearing No. 13, beat Justin Leclerc in the third round of the shootout as the Americans won their 13th game of the year.
The win gave Tri-City goaltender Chet Pickard his 83rd career victory, tying him with Carey Price for the franchise record. Pickard finished with 19 saves.
The Americans (13-5-0-1) took 3-0 lead on goals by Brett Plouffe, Mason Wilgosh and Taylor Procyshen, only to see the Blazers (10-9-0-3) rally to within 3-2 in a span of 46 seconds with power-play goals from Giffen Nyren and Jake Trask.
Jarrett Toll gave Tri-City a 4-2 lead, but Kamloops came back again, with Tyler Shattuck tying the game with 9:30 to play in regulation.
Pickard made 19 saves and blanked the Blazers shooters in the shootout, while Leclerc stopped 18 shots.