It’s been two weeks since the Americans have been on home ice. It’s been longer than that since they have won a game — Oct. 29 at Everett.
After Friday’s 4-3 loss at Chilliwack, the Americans’ losing streak hit 5 games, the longest such streak since Feb. 25 through March 4, 2006. Hopefully tonight, that streak will start going the other way.
Spokane is coming off a shooutout loss to Seattle — a game in which Thunderbirds goalie Calvin Pickard had 48 saves. Calvin, the younger brother of former Tri-City goalie Chet Pickard, is having a stellar season. He has a 2.44 GAA, a .934 save percentage and Seattle is second in the U.S. Division with 26 points, two ahead of the Americans, after Friday night.
The Calgary Hitmen ended their 12-game losing streak Friday with a 5-3 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings. Calgary, which went to the Memorial Cup last year, is 5-15-1-0 this season. Brandon, which finished second at the Memorial Cup last year, is 11-13-0-1. Neither are near the caliber they were last year.
Former Ams goalie Carey Price got his fourth shutout of the season tonight with a 2-0 win over Toronto. Price's popularity in Montreal must be picking up because his Fat Head wall mural is sold out. I'm sure more are on order.
On the scratch list today are Sam Grist, Tanner Olstad and Marcus Messier. In goal is Drew Owsley.
For Spokane, on the bench are Garrett Leedahl, Cole Hamblin, Kyle Krzyzaniak and Dominik Uher. In goal is James Reid.
In zebra stripes, Brett Iverson and Jeff Ingram are the referees, while the linesmen are Chris Carlson and Ron Dietterie.
Now that everyone is seated, this place is packed. With free cowbells at the door tonight, this place is loud. Nice to see and hear the support for the Ams.
My oh my. The Ams lead 4-1 at the end of the first. At this rate, I think Cliff will run out of confetti. He said he brought two bags — smart guy.
Finding the net for Tri-City were Patrick Holland, Mason Wilgosh, Connor Rankin and Brendan Shinnimin, with his first since his return off the suspended list last week.
At the game tonight are the Goodwins from the Pendleton area. I went to high school with Paul. His wife Julie and kids Andrew and Courtlyn have been coming to a handful games for a few years. Paul told me they bought a flex pack to we'll be seeing more of them this winter. Welcome.
I'm having a hard time keeping up with all the goals. Tri-City has a 7-2 lead. This means WE'RE GOING TO BURGER RANCH!!!! And, free Chalupas at Taco Bell. Oh sure, fatten us up. Good thing I don't have a ticket to turn in.
Mason Wilgosh scored his second of the night, Drydn Dow his first of the year and Jordan Messier tallied his 13th. Basically, it's a runaway train. Looking forward to the third.
The generous Ams fans donated 415 pounds of food and 509 kids books during the Well Fed Well Read Washington Lottery program tonight.
It's all over. Ams 8-3. Shinny and Willy two goals each and Hughey 3 assists.