The Tri-City Americans will be without forward Marcus Messier (concussion) for an undetermined amount of time after he was blindsided by an open-ice hit by Everett’s Ryan Harrison at 8:39 of the third period in Game 4 on Wednesday.
Harrison, who was suspended for one game by the WHL for a similar hit on Tri-City forward Jesse Mychan in Game 2, will face suspension again, but the league hasn’t yet determined how many games. With the Silvertips out of the playoffs, the suspension will be served at the start of next season.
“He didn’t see it coming,” Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said of Messier, who was dazed and had to be helped off the ice. “He’s not terrible, but he’s clearly not right.”
Messier makes the third Tri-City player the Silvertips knocked out of the playoffs.
Drydn Dow had his right arm broken by Manraj Hayer (who was suspended 3 games) in Game 2, and Mychan had his Achilles tendon severed by Josh Winquist in Game 3. Mychan’s injury was an accident, the other two were not.
“Playoffs are tough hockey,” Hiller said. “You never want to see anyone get hurt.”
Mychan wasn’t the only WHL player to have his season cut short by a skate.
Kamloops forward Chase Schaber had exploratory surgery on his left leg Thursday. He was found to have damage to his hamstring and a tendon, according to Gregg Drinnan of The Daily News. Schaber suffered a deep skate cut early in the first period of the Blazers’ 7-5 victory over the host Victoria Royals on Tuesday night.
Kamloops swept Victoria and will face Portland in the Western Conference semifinals.
Alumni news: Former Tri-City goalie Tyler Weiman signed a two-year contract with the Nuremberg Ice Tigers (Germany, DEL). He had a 2.33 GAA and a .932 save percentage in 40 games with the Augsburger Panther (Germany, DEL) this season.