KENNEWICK – The Tri-City Americans took their first small step toward an improbable comeback.
Alex Pechurskiy made 40 saves and Kruise Reddick scored the winning goal 20 seconds into the third period as the Americans beat the Calgary Hitmen 4-2 on Wednesday night to stave off elimination in the Western Hockey League final.
Game 5 of the best-of-7 series is Friday night at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. The Hitmen lead the series 3-1.
Only one team in the history of the WHL has won a series after trailing 3-0 – the Spokane Chiefs against the Portland Winterhawks in 1996.
Holding a 2-1 lead after two periods, Reddick scored on the power play to open the third period. Justin Feser added a goal on a breakaway at 15:29.
Calgary countered with a goal by Giffen Nyren at 18:27, but the Hitmen got no closer.
The Americans had scored only two goals through the first three games but matched that in the first period.