I's been nearly a month since the Tri-City Americans have played the Seattle Thunderbirds. The Americans beat the T-birds 4-1 at ShoWare Center in Kent on Dec. 18. Seattle leads the 9-game season series 2-1.
The Americans are coming off a 6-3 road loss to Kelowna, while the T-birds dropped a 6-2 home game to Victoria on Saturday. Truth is, Seattle has lost 13 in a row, the T-birds last won Dec. 7 at Everett, beating the Silvertips 5-1. Since then, Seattle has been outscored 61-24. They have lost four one-goal games and have given up 5 or more goals seven times.
Tonight, Americans captain Justin Feser plays his 292nd consecutive regular-season game. He ranks first among Tri-City players and second all-time in the WHL behind Dwayne Newman (Victoria and Brandon), who played 311 consecutive games from Feb. 2, 1988 to March17, 1992. Feser also needs four points to reach 300 for his career.
Lucas Nickles and Tyson Dallman are scratched for the Americans, who are playing seven D-men. Might be seeing Drydn Dow pick up a shift or two on offense. He's more than capable. Luke Lee-Knights gets the start in goal — his first on home ice.
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Brandon Glover gets the start for Seattle in goal. Roberts Lipsbergs (upper body), Connor Honey (upper body), G Justin Myles (upper body) are injured, while Daniel Wray and Jerret Smith are healthy scratches.
It's Dollar Dog night here at Toyota Center. Not my thing, but a cheap way to get dinner.
Winger is throwing T-shirts into the crowd. I think he needs to start working out. Barely getting them over the glass and two rows back. He needs to take a page put of the Oregon Duck's fitness program. Maybe pushups for penalty minutes or shorts on goal.
Near time for the puck to drop. Remember, you can meet the team after the game for autographs and photos on the concourse.
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