Up 4-0 in the first period, it seemed the Kamloops Blazers were in line to start their three-game U.S. Division road trip with a victory over the Tri-City Americans on Friday in Kennewick, Wash.
Tri-City (10-17-4-0) scored five straight goals to edge Kamloops 5-4, with Jake Sloan tallying the game-winning goal at 17:25 of the third period.
Logan Stankoven (2), Blazers’ newcomer Kobe Verbicky and Quinn Schmiemann scored for the Blazers (21-10-1-0) in support of netminder Dylan Garand, who allowed five goals on 27 shots.
Sloan (2), Samuel Ho (2) and Parker Bell notched goals for the Americans, who went with Tomas Suchanek between the pipes.
Suchanek made 30 saves to pick up the victory.
The Blazers held a 4-2 lead in the third period. Tri-City outshot Kamloops 18-6 in the third period.
Kamloops is slated to play the Chiefs in Spokane on Saturday and the Winterhawks in Portland on Sunday.