Kennewick, Wash – Tri City Americans forward Connor Rankin had 3 goals and 2 assists in a 6-4 win over the Kootenay ICE in WHL action on Friday.
The ICE (33-32-2-0) opened the scoing on a powerplay with Collin Shirley getting a rebound goal.
The teams then exchanged 3 goals in a span off 22 seconds (A new ICE Franchise Record).
ICE forward Brock Montgomery made it 2-0 on a goal mouth scramble.
Americans (40-24-1-2) forward Parker Bowles got credit for a goal as his attempted pass went into the net off an ICE stick.
6 seconds later Brian Williams tied the game coming down the right wing with a wrist shot on the stick side.
The ICE record for fastest 2 goals allowed is 5 seconds.
Early in the second period the ICE took a 3-2 lead with Sam Reinhart’s wrist shot high n the glove side.
Midway through the period the Americans tied it 3-3 with Connor Rankin’s wrist shot that went off the post and into the net.
On the first shift of the third period Marcus Messier scored with a wrist shot on the stick side.
The Americans made it 5-3 with Connor Ranking crashing the net for a forehand wraparound.
The ICE pulled the goalie and Jaedon Descheneau batted in a high pass into the net to make the score 5-4.
ICE pulled the goalie again and Connor Rankin completed his hat-trick.
It’s the second hat-trick allowed by the ICE this season.
The ICE magic number to clinch a playoff spot is 5 points.
Jaedon Deschenau (4 games), Luke Philp (3 games) and Sam Reinhart (3 games) extended their point streaks.
The ICE will visit Spokane on Saturday.
The ICE were one skater short of a complete line-up.
ICE Scratch – Zach McPhee 2nd game upper body 1-2 weeks, Levi Cable 1st game lower body 2-4 weeks.
Home 2 – Lethbridge, Calgary,
Away 3 – Spokane, Lethbridge, Calgary
Home 2 –Kootenay, Medicine Hat
Away 3 – Calgary, Kootenay, Medicine Hat
Medicine Hat 4
Home 1 – Lethbridge
Away 3 – Prince Albert, Calgary, Lethbridge
Swift Current 3
Home 1 – Regina
Away 2 – Brandon, Regina
Tri City 40-24-1-2 Kootenay 33-32-2-0
1, Kootenay, Shirley 9 (Philp, Vetterl), 4:33 (PP).
2, Kootenay, Montgomery 29 (Muth, Descheneau), 12:46.
3, Tri-City, Bowles 21 (Rankin, Yuen), 12:56.
4, Tri-City, Williams 20 (Rankin), 13:02.
Penalties-Dow T.c (delay of game), 3:24; Feser T.c (slashing), 9:43.
5, Kootenay, Reinhart 31 (Descheneau, Martin), 0:47.
6, Tri-City, Rankin 28 (Williams, Bowles), 10:13.
7, Tri-City, Messier 11 (Hamonic, Nickles), 0:17.
8, Tri-City, Rankin 29 (Bowles, Williams), 14:56.
9, Kootenay, Descheneau 25 (Philp, Montgomery), 18:42.
10, Tri-City, Rankin 30 19:10 (EN).
Shots on Goal-Kootenay 17-9-11-37. Tri-City 9-12-10-31.
Power Play Opportunities-Kootenay 1 / 2; Tri-City 0 / 0.
Goalies-Kootenay, Skapski 32-23-1-0 (30 shots-25 saves). Tri-City, Trombley 8-2-0-0 (37 shots-34 saves).
Referees-Brett Montsion (54), Curtis Marouelli (86).
Linesmen-Jeremi Del Campo (44), Ryan Gibbons (73).