What a week this has been. Who knew that I couldn’t obtain the sheet from CBC that shows what tuition, books and stuff will cost for the upcoming year. Since my son is now 18, I had to make a second trip to the Pasco campus, with him in tow. Then, it was the zillion question FASFA online form, then filling out scholarship information, which included the form from CBC, high school transcripts and a personal statement. Since I recently found this scholarship, and it has to be in Florida on Tuesday, it cost a pretty penny to send. But, if it will help defray college costs, I’ll do what I gotta do.
The Seattle Thunderbirds are in town for their next-to-last trip to Toyota Center this season — which I’m sure they are happy about. The T-birds, you see, are on a 16-game losing streak in Kennewick. In fact, Seattle is 1-15-2-0 at Toyota Center over the last five years. I’m sure this is a fact Seattle coach Rob Sumner would be happy not knowing.
And goalie Calvin Pickard has never, that would be NEVER, won a game at Toyota Center in 11 tries. I kinda feel sorry for the guy. He’s a great goalie and he can flat out steal a game for you. He deserves better.
Tonight is the annual Breast Cancer Awareness game. The ice is pink ... a calming nice pink. No electric raspberry color as in the past. The jersey are colorful and unique. The Ams players have pink tape on their sticks and socks. Very festive.
Fans were encouaged to wear pink, and there is a lot of it in the stands. Me, I own no pink. Raspberry and coral, but no pink pink. So, I wore red. This is such a good cause. The money raised will help numerous cancer patients near and far. The Tri-Cities Cancer Center will join efforts with Columbia Basin Health Association in Othello on March 26 to offer free screenings for uninsured and under insured.
On to tonight.
The Americans are short another player as Mason Wilgosh has a knee injury. He joins fellow forwards Neal Prokop (leg) and Jordan Messier (shoulder) on the pine, along goalie Drew Owsley.
Good news is that Owsley skated and took pucks Wednesday and participated in practice Thursday. The swelling is gone, but he just wants to make sure he’s 100 percent before returning to action so that there isn’t another setback come playoff time. There is a light at end of the tunnel, my friends.
Sam Grist is back in the lineup after serving two games in the WHL penalty box. Also in the lineup are Dylan Fluter (No. 16), Lucas Nickles (No. 9) and backup goalie Chase Martin (No. 1).
Seattle is still in the hunt for a playoff spot. They are five points back of Kamloops for the eighth spot in the Western Conference. The T-birds are coming off a 5-1 road win over Spokane.
In the first intermission, three Manitoba Moms will be peddling it out in the Titanic Trike Race. Nancy Prokop, Maureen Shinnimin and Janet Wilgosh will race around the rink. This ought to be fun to watch. From what I hear, they volunteered. Hopefully their sons get to watch on video later. I’m sure it could a source of amusement at family functions.
Vista Engineering Technologies of Richland will donate $100 for each goal scored in the game (either team) to the Tri-Cities Cancer Center. Very generous.
Puck drops in 15 minutes. Catch you later.
No score here after one period. The Ams have a 13-9 shot advantage.
The Manitoba Moms are getting ready to race. Mrs. Wilgosh gets off to an early start and leads after the first turn around the net; she's still leading after the second turn and holds off Mrs. Shinnimin at the finish line. Mrs. Prokop put out a great effort. This was fun to watch. We should do this more often. Maybe next we'll have the dads.
I should have mentioned Amanda Tullis, who performed a wonderful rendition of the national anthem on her violin. She is a student at Pendleton High School.
We're mid-way through the second and the Ams have a 2-1 lead with goals by Carter Ashton and Tyler Schmidt. Seattle got a goal from Ryan Button.
Now, it's 4-1 TC, with the Ams adding a pair of goals by rookie Connor Rankin.
Shinny tops off the victory with his 26th goal of the season and everyone is going to Burger Ranch.
During warmups and the entire game, cold air was blowing on the press box. Not that the game is over, it is off. It's cold enough outside to, we don't need it in here as well.
The Toyota Center crew is folding up the seats and covering the ice for Saturday's Fever opener. They'd better appreciate the ice still being in. Come May, they are going to melt like chocolate in here.
Until next time.