To say that Drew Owsley still has fans in Tri-City is an understatement.
Warmps just started and I can see 6 signs around the rink in support of the former Tri-City goalie, who now mans the net for the Prince George Cougars.
Welcome back Drew.
Welcome back Owsley.
Still Owsley's biggest fan.
Section U believes in Drew.
And, two other signs that are written too small to read from up here in press row.
The Cougars are here tonight and Tuesday. Pay no never mind to what you read in the paper that tonight's game starts at 7:05 p.m. Westy pointed out the other night that the WHL standings were out o order. I'm sure the thim element will come up on the radio tonight, as well. I can't work every night. Guess the guys at the office need to pay better attention.
Oh well. Anyone who was coming knows the time and they will be here.
The Cougars are four points back of eighth-pace Victoria for a playoff spot. PG has four games in which to try and claw their way into the playoffs.
The Americans are in the playoffs — have been for quite a while — and are fighting for the Scotty Munro trophy, the U.S. Division banner and first place in the Western Conference. A win tonight would put them back on top of everything.
Owsley is in goal for PG, while Daniel Gibb (knee), Daulton Siwak (lower body) and Shane Plling (upper body) are scratched. Owsley needs 3 wins to hit 100 for his career. Of his 97 wins, 76 came with the Americans.
For the Americans, Eric Comie is in goal. He posted a pair of 1-0 shutouts when the Americans were in PG in October. Sam Grist (upper body), Jesse Mychan (upper body) and Brian Williams (upper body) are scratched. Marcus Messier came back from an upper body injury Friday at Spokane and added an electric surge. Mychan should be back Friday against Everett.
Patrick Holland is playing his 200th WHL game tonight. Justin Feser played his 275th WHL game Friday in Spokane.
Of note: Brendan Shinnimin is on a 19-game point streak, while Holland's streak is at 16 games.
Note to the indoor football people: You are messy and do not clean up after yourselves. The floor beneath my feet is sticky. We have to share the press box. Think about the people coming in after you.
Puck drops in 5.
Well now. PG has a 3-1 lead after feasting on Comrie early in the game to the tune of 3 goals on 9 shots.
Adam Hughesman scored for Tri-City, which has been reckless with the puck. Their 8 shots on goal tells the story.
Credit PG, they have come out and smothered the Americans, cut off passing lanes and have, in a sense, been a pain in the butt.
With Grist and Ryckman out, Justin Feser is playing D with Dow. Nice that he's so versatile.
With two more goals by Hughesman, the Americans have tied the game at 3. He now has 136 career goas, putting him third all time behind Kyle Reeves (156) and Daymond Langkow (159).
Brendan Shinnimin scores twice in the third as the Americans rally for a 5-3 victory.
Tri-City has won four in a row, and with 101 points, eclipsed the century mark for the just the third time in franchise history.