It’s Game 4 of the Americans’ stretch of four-games-in-five-nights.
Rival Spokane is in town, and the Chiefs are hungry for a win after losing their last three games, including a 4-3 loss at Kootenay on Friday.
The Chiefs, 10-12-3-2 on the road this year, may be a bit road weary with a 6-hour trek back to Spokane and the two-hour drive to Kennewick.
The Americans, still with just 19 healthy players, beat Seattle 5-2 on the road Friday, with Connor Rankin and Brendan Shinnimin each scoring two goals.
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Shinnimin has 94 points and could be the Americans’ first 100-point man since Eric Johansson had 103 points during the 2001-02 season.
Malte Strömwall is back in action tonight. We'll have to keep on eye on him.
This is the ninth of 12 meetings between the teams. Tri-City leads the series 5-3.
Ty Rimmer is starting in goal for Tri-City, while Mac Engel will guard the net for Spokane.
Former Montreal Canadiens coach Jacques Martin is here tonight to watch Patrick Holland play. I sat down down with him for a few minutes before the game. I'll have that tomorrow.
On Friday, Saskatoon D-man Darren Dietz tied the WHL record for goals in a game by a defenseman (4) in a 7-3 win over Swift Current. Dietz has 14 goals this season.
In suspensions coming down from the WHL, Luke Fenske of Regina will serve time for a checking-from-behind major and a game misconduct against Lethbridge on Friday.
From Portland: The Winterhawks beat up Seattle 11-2 in a matinee game. Seattle played Daniel Cotton in goal the whole way. Poor kid. They don't play him forever, then feed him to the wolves.
Brett Connolly Watch: The Americans have to wait just nine more days to see if the Tampa Bay Lightning will send the talented forward to Kennewick. Saturday against Washington, Connolly played three shifts and 2:31 in the first period. By the end of the night, he had seven shifts and played 5:15. His ice time has gone from 13:30 in October to 6:30 in February. I guarantee you, he will get more than seven shifts and six minutes of ice time in an Americans sweater.
Puck drops in 7.
The Chiefs are out front 2-1 after the first period. Brendan Shinnimin scored his 40th goal for the Americans.
Spokane has two goals on four shots, but the Americans turned the puck over on one.
Usually, I don't mention the officiating, but tonight, it is NOT very good. Got that WHL, NOT VERY GOOD. You bump someone and knock them down and you are in the box. You hit them in the head in open ice and they go down, all is good. You knock the goalie over after the whistle, all is good. We are in for a long night.
Shinnimin ties the game at 14:55 of the second, and Derek Ryckman scored the game-winner at 15:48 to lead the Ams to a 3-2 victory.
No scoring in the third, though Spokane pull Engel the last 1:15 but couldn't find the net.