I know it was a Tuesday, and Wednesday is a work day, but Tri-City and Spokane in the playoffs is a treat. Too bad only 3,667 people — Tri-City and Spokane fans — put their butts in the seats to watch Game 3 at Toyota Center.
I am used to looking around from my perch in the press box and seeing a nearly full arena. I was a little lonely on Tuesday. I know full well that the Americans do not have a prime weekend date in this series, but that does not mean the hockey is any less fun to watch.
Decided not to go Tuesday? You missed Tri-City rookie Connor Rankin dump Spokane's Mitch Holmberg into the Chiefs team bench. You missed Spokane tough guy Darren Kramer score his fourth goal of the playoffs — one more than Tyler Johnson, who had 53 during the regular season. Strange things happen in the playoffs, and they are fun to watch.
During the regular season, the Americans averaged 4,703 fans per game. They had 3,927 for Game 2 against Vancouver — granted that was a Saturday. A big crowd offers energy and excitement. Don't give me 'the Mariners were on TV' excuse. With a 4-8 start to the season, the Zamboni is more fun to watch than the Mariners.
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I know gas prices are awful and that ticket prices are a bit steep for the playoffs, but if you band together with your friends (a total of 10 people), you can get a group rate. Call 736-0606 for more details.
Sunday, the Americans are helping support 2nd Harvest with the KNDU Family Food Drive. When you bring a donation of five non-perishable food items to the Toyota Center box office you will receive $5 off a regularly priced adult ticket. Limit 4 tickets per person (this will cost cost you 20 cans of food). Tickets for this promotion are available right now.
For students who are missing Rock the Rink Saturday night, the Americans are offering a Rock the Rink Sunday night promotion for Game 5 on Sunday. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Students can buy tickets for for $10 with a valid student ID.
The last time these two teams met in the playoffs, it went 7 games — 5 of which went to OT or 2OT — with Spokane winning.
If this series plays out to 7 games, you will have missed out on the drama that unfolded before the finale.
Kind of like eating an Oreo after someone has licked all the tasty white filling off the cookies.