Hockey on a Thursday is rare in the WHL, but here we are at Toyota Center, where the Tri-City Americans and Everett Silvertips will drop the puck at 7:05 p.m.
The Americans are 0-2-0-0 to start the season. Last weekend, they lost their first home opener in 12 years. Tonight, they hope to avoid an 0-3 start to the season, which hasn't happened since the start of the 1997-98 season — when they won just 17 games the entire season.
Lord help me if we are headed down that path.
Patrick Holland left the Americans after their first two games for the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL. Now, the lines can come together and have stability. Holly is a great guy, but his future is brighter in Hamilton. Best of luck to him. I'll check in with him now and again to see how he's doing.
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Tonight, we have Eric Comrie in goal for Tri-City. The young goalie has had a rough start to the season, but the fault lies with the team as a whole. Four goals in two games? Not much to give your goalie a fighting chance.
Scratched are D-men Drydn Dow, Brodie Clowes and Clint Filbrandt, and forwards Tyson Dallman and Justin Gutierrez. This is the third straight game Dow has been scratched. As a 20-year-old, you'd think he'd get to state his case. The 20s on the ice tonight are Justin Feser, Jesse Mychan and Jordan Messier.
Feser is just 1 point from reaching 250 for his career.
Everett will start Austin Lotz in goal. He is 0-1-0-0 this season, losing the opening game to PG 6-0. Ouch!
The Silvertips are short-handed tonight with defenseman Austin Adam out 4-6 weeks because of a broken hand. Also, centers Ty Mappin (upper body) and Ryan Chynoweth (lower body) are day-to-day. Mappin is slated to play tonight, but Chynoweth is scratched.
The Tips were winless at Toyota Center last year, going 0-3-0-1 during the regular season and 0-2 in the playoffs.
Just a note: Happy 18th birthday to Americans D-man Wil Tomchuk.
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