KENNEWICK, Wash. - Toyota Center has become a house of horrors for the Seattle Thunderbirds.
Not only have the Thunderbirds lost 19 consecutive games in Kennewick, they had two goals disallowed Friday night in a 7-3 loss to the Tri-City Americans.
Adam Hughesman and Patrick Holland each had two goals to lead the Americans (31-7-0) to their 12th consecutive win, and their 12th win in a row on home ice. They also lead the WHL with 62 points.
"I think I finally played a good game in the second half," said Hughesman, who hadn't scored a goal in four games. "It was nice to get the bounces."
Seattle (16-20-1) hasn't won at Toyota Center since Jan. 27, 2008.
"You can tell there are places where the veterans are waiting to see what will happen instead of playing the game," Seattle coach Steve Konowalchuk said.
Holland added two assists for a four-point night, while rookie Brian Williams chipped in three assists.
Jordan Messier, Brendan Shinnimin and Mason Wilgosh also scored for Tri-City, which got 20 saves from Eric Comrie.
Daniel Cotton, making his first start since Nov. 26 at Kamloops, finished with 38 saves for Seattle. Colin Jacobs, Tyler Alos and Shea Theodore scored goals had the goals for the Thunderbirds.