KENNEWICK -- There wasn't much to like in the Tri-Cities Fever's 58-20 road loss to the Fairbanks Grizzlies on Saturday night.
In fact, the biggest thing Fever coach Adam Shackleford liked about the weekend was coming home.
"I like the fact the plane landed safely in Pasco (on Sunday)," said Shackleford. "The game is a learning tool for me as far as we're concerned. This game, we're not spending much time dwelling on it."
The bottom line, said Shackleford, is his team is still atop the Pacific Division.
"We're still a first-place team in the division," he said. "Anyone who wants to hit the panic button was probably never with us in the first place."
Tri-Cities carries a 7-2 record into this Saturday's home game against the Wenatchee Valley Venom.
Fairbanks, winners of seven straight games, are 7-3 -- just a half-game back in second.
The Fever led 14-13 in the first quarter of Saturday's game before the Grizzlies went on a 39-0 run.
At that point, it was too late to do anything.
"There were times on the football field where we did nothing right," Shackleford said. "I liked the way we kept our composure. We didn't throw any punches. We took the loss like men.
"We're not making any excuses. We're not blaming officials. At the end of the day it's my responsibility to get the team ready. And the feeling in that locker room after the game was nobody felt they had done their job."
In essence, it was a perfect storm that developed for the Fever.
"And all storms end," said Shackleford. "We don't have to go back up there this year. We're the best team in the division when we woke up this morning.
"We got back to work this morning," he continued. "I liked the fact we shrugged it off today (at practice). We're getting ready for our next game."
The Fever will unveil pink jerseys for Saturday's game at the Toyota Center against Wenatchee Valley.
Each of the players will be wearing a custom pink Fever jersey during the game -- and fans can bid on themduring silent auction bidding throughout the game.
Proceeds from the auction will go to the Susan G. Komen foundation for breast cancer research and awareness.
NOTES: Steven Whitehead had a hand in all three of the Fever's touchdowns Saturday, scoring on passes 41 and four yards from quarterback Houston Lillard; and running for another one from four yards out. ... Wenatchee Valley (3-7) snapped its seven-game losing streak Saturday by beating visiting Wyoming 41-36. Quarterback Charles Dowdell, stepping in for the injured Devin Hollins, passed for 134 yards and four TDs, and rushed for another 105 yards and two more touchdowns. ... Nicole Joy became just the fifth female to ever play in an IFL game Saturday when she converted an extra-point kick for the Arizona Adrenaline in an 82-27 loss to West Texas.