Tri-City Americans hold annual Teddy Bear Toss, win in overtime

The Tri-City Americans held their annual Fred Meyer Teddy Bear Toss event for charity with more than 4,000 fans in the stands.

They played against the Lethbridge Hurricanes at the Toyota Center on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:05 p.m.

The Hurricanes scored the first two goals but center Kyle Olson scored the first goal for the Americans, prompting the Fred Meyer Teddy Bear Toss to begin.

The lights started flashing red and fans began throwing bears and other stuffed animals onto the ice.

Players, staff members, and four trucks went onto the ice to collect the toys. The referees and Santa even helped gather the bears.

The beds and cabs of the trucks were stuffed with toys. The stuffed animals will be donated to multiple charities in the Mid-Columbia area.

There were 4,712 fans in attendance at the game, including choirs from local elementary schools. They sang Christmas carols during each intermission with Santa.

The Americans gained the lead over the Hurricanes, scoring two goals in less than two minutes in the 3rd period. They had a 7-5 lead over the Hurricanes with only a few minutes left in the game, but the Hurricanes quickly caught up, sending the game into overtime.

The Hurricanes gained control of the puck first but the Americans got the first shot in.

The final score was 8 to 7 with 3:50 left in overtime.

The Americans’ next game will be on Saturday, Dec. 15, against the Portland Winterhawks at the Toyota Center. The game starts at 7:05 p.m.

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