It feels like forever since we had a home game, and it’s weird to think this is the last week of the regular season. I was talking to Kruise Reddick on Saturday and he was telling me he could remember his 16 year like it was yesterday, and now it’s the end of his overage season.
He may feel old, but I was covering this team before Carey Price was old enough to stay for a complete season. This is the end of my ninth season. Eric Degerman covered the Ams the first 10 years they were in town. There were a couple of people between Eric and me, but we have covered the majority of the games the Ams have played since 1988.
Speaking of old, I turned 45 on Thursday. I’m happy to say I have no gray hair, nor do I have to wear glasses. One of my friends at the gym commented that I don’t even have the “crows feet” around my eyes (despite the fact I visit the tanning beds a couple times a week). I told her the secret to that was that I don’t remove my make-up at night — which is the ultimate no-no in skin care. Truth is, I get home at 1 a.m. and get up at 6:30 a.m. Screw the nightly routine, I need my sleep.
I know I have not posted to the Red Light District this week, but the Chilliwack item has caused quite a stir. There are only a couple of comments, but I have gotten quite a few e-mails from Chilliwack fans, thanking me for showing them the true side of Darryl Porter. One, from a former high-ranking Chilliwack city official, told me Darryl said all the right things from the start, but now realizes that he was blowing smoke up his ....
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The Ams still have their trio of walking wounded. Neal’s leg is getting better, I’m told, while Adam and Mason’s knees are progressing toward the healthy side. The team sure does miss Adam’s scoring and Mason relentless pursuit of the puck. I think Mason is one of the best penalty killers in the league, and to be successful in the playoffs, they are going to need him back. Neal has played 15 games this season, and was productive when he did play. Would be nice to see him finish his career on the ice, not in the stands.
Prince George is here tonight for their second and final trip of the season. The Cougars won here 4-3 in a shootout on Oct. 30. It will be the first time PG has faced the Ams with Carter Ashton on the roster. PG faced Ashton on Nov. 26 when he was with Regina — a 5-3 PG home win. Ashton had no points in the contest.
Jesse Forsberg (upper body) is on the injured list for the Cougs tonight. In goal is Ty Rimmer. He is 17-21-0-2 with four shutouts this season.
Drew Owsley is in goal for the Ams. Neal Propkop and Mason Wilgosh are skating warmups, but the are scratched for the game. The Ams have 19 on the roster for the game, so we will have to see what happens.
Katie, one of our newest members of the Herald Sports staff, is here with me tonight. It is her second ever hockey game (she watched the Seattle Thunderbirds vs. Portland last year). I’ve been giving her a quick overview of the game.
Drop of the puck is soon. Back later.
The Ams struck first with a goal by Carter Ashton on the power play, but the Cougars tied things up with 19 seconds to play in the period with a goal by Troy Bourke.
We are but a mere 15 seconds into the second and there is a piece of broken glass (lower corner). There are 3 guys trying to figure this out. A fourth guys is arriving on the scene. The glass is out and a new piece is on its way. The workers are leery of the ice. This could take a bit. Get a cold one and join us later.
Wow, after a 1-1 game, the goals were pouring in in the second. The Ams lead 4-3 after goals by Shinny, Ashton and Justin Feser. It's been a quick game with limited penalties.
Ams win 6-3. Shinny and Carter each have 2 goals. Drew picks up win No. 34.
We are back here Wednesday with Everett. See you then.