The Seattle Thunderbirds and Mr. Pickard are in town tonight for the first game of a home-and-home series before the holiday break.
Calvin Pickard, one of the top goalies in the league, will try to earn his first win at Toyota Center tonight. He is winless in 12 starts in Kennewick.
The T-birds haven’t fared much better than Pickard, losing 17 in a row dating back to Jan. 27, 2008.
A couple of wins by the Americans this weekend would give them their best mark in franchise history at the holiday break. Tri-City was 26-9-0-0 (52 points) in 2009-10.
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Eric Comrie gets the start tonight for the Americans. Defensemen Zach Yuen and Mitch Topping are still out with upper body injuries. Lucas Nickles and Riley Guenther also are on the scratch list.
Lukas Walter, out of the WHL dog house, is in the lineup, and watch for Justin Feser to spend his night on the blue line.
Calvin Pickard is in goal for the T-birds. Calvin does have a backup — his name is Daniel Cotton. Don't look for him to see any ice time tonight. On the scratch list are Jared Hauf and Connor Sanvido, who are healthy. Marcel Noebels is with Team Germany for the World Juniors, and Brendan Rouse is injured.
Puck drops in 10.
Seattle took a 1-0 lead with a goal by Chance Lund, but the Americans answered with a pair of power-play goals by Adam Hughesman and Connor Rankin.
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For those of you who chose not to come tonight, are missing an entertaining game.
The Americans added to their 2-1 lead with goals by Brendan Shinnimin and Patrick Holland for a 4-1 game.
Seattle got a four-minute power play to end the second after Ams D-man Sam Grist leveled Chance Lund into the boards. Seattle managed just three shots on goal.
Grist got out the box early in the third, and on his way to the bench, Seattle's Braeden Laroque tripped Grist and Branden Trook took a swipe at him and got caught for slashing. The Americans cashed in on the power play as Shinnimin scored his second of the night.
At 6:17 of the third, little Brian Williams, who plays three times bigger than his size, got into a tilt with Seattle's Connor Honey. This game could get out of control.
Americans win 5-1 and Seattle's woes at Toyota Center continue.
Tri-City leads the WHL with 52 points, which also equals their best start to the season — points wise. They opened the 2009-10 season 26-9-0-0.
The teams match up again tonight in Kent, then will be off for the Christmas holiday.