This day has started well. Tri-City’s Brendan Shinnimin was signed by the Phoenix Coyotes earlier today. He said a couple weeks ago that his success was due to the fact that he was playing like he knew he needed to at the next level. Smart kid.
No details were released, but according to Renaud P Lavoie@renhockey, the contract goes like this: 2012-13 $525,000; 2013-14 $575,000; and 2014-15 $675,000, plus a $275,000 signing bonus (2 way).
There are a lot of messages on twitter for Shinnimin, but this one from Seattle goalie Calvin Pickard is great: About time @ShinboSlice gets signed up....congrats bud...hope I never play against you again after this year #yoursick
Portland is at Toyota Center tonight. First place is on the line — at least for a day or two, because the two meet again Sunday in Portland at the Rose Garden. Tri-City leads the season series 5-3.
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Tri-City leads the WHL with 93 points, while Portland and Kamloops each have 92 and Edmonton 91. Would be nice to stay on top.
It will take good goaltending, while Ty Rimmer will be in charge of tonight. And, the Americans will need goals aplenty because the Winterhawks are the masters at lighting the lamp — they lead the league with 284 goals.
On the the other hand, the Americans, with Rimmer and Eric Comrie manning the net, and the defense and penalty kill the best in the league, have been stingy with goals, allowing a league low 162.
Should be an interesting matchup.
The Americans aren’t as healthy as they’d like to be with Jesse Mychan still nursing a hand injury, and Marcus Messier (upper body) and Sam Grist (upper body) are still out. But, Nate MacMaster is back.
Want to get a second look at Shinnimin’s short-handed goal on a give-and-go with Patrick Holland against Everett last Friday? Too bad. The WHL decided that play wasn’t worthy. Oh, please, who picks these things? That was one beauty of a shorty. When the league’s scoring leader can’t even get a sniff from the league ... that’s a sad day.
I see a few Portland jerseys in the crowd across the way. Nice of them to make the trip.
Puck drops in 10
The Americans lead 2-1 with two goals by Justin Feser — one a short-handed tally to tie the game, and the second to give the Ams the lead. Patrick Holland assisted on by goals and now has 99 points.
Brad Ross scored for Portland.
Chase De Leo scores for Portland at 5:22 of the second to tie the game a 2.
The Winterhawks get two more goals by Sven Bartschi and Ross to make it 4-2, but the Americans stormed back to tie the game with goals by Adam Hughesman and Zach Yuen.
One more period to go.
In another game worth noting, Kelowna leads 4-0 AT Kamloops. Go Rockets.
Taylor Leier scored twice in the third for Portland to give them a 6-4 victory.
Leier's second goal was an empty-netter with 15 seconds to play.
The Americans are off to Everett on Saturday, then will play at Portland on Sunday.