KENNEWICK, Wash. - It took 43 minutes and 41 seconds for the Tri-City Americans to get their act together Friday night, but when they did, the game took on a whole new look.
Tri-City scored three goals in a span of 1:26 early in the third period to erase a 1-0 deficit and hand the Chilliwack Bruins a 4-2 loss in the first game of their Western Conference quarter-final playoff series in Western Hockey League action Friday night.
Kruise Reddick tied the game a 1-1 for Tri-City, followed quickly by Brendan Shinnimin and Neal Prokop. Sergei Drozd rounded out the attack for the Americans.
Dylen McKinlay scored for the Bruins, and RyanHowse added a late power-play goal, but it was not enough to get Chilliwack back in the game.
Drew Owsley, who missed the last eight games of the season with a concussion, stopped 34 of 35 shots for the Americans.
Lucas Gore stopped 26 shots through two period for Chilliwack, and finished with 33 saves.
Tri-City will host the next game in the series Saturday night.