Friday night, Americans rookie D-man Sam Grist played the best game I have seen him play all season.
Sam's puck control has improved immensely since the start of the season, and he's learned how to level a hit without taking a trip to the penalty box.
I think the 6-4, 210-pounder from Vancouver has finally gotten the gist of the WHL, and Friday the Seattle Thunderbirds got a taste of the new and improved Grist.
At 7:06 of the second, Sam laid a hard hit on Seattle's Jake Doty, putting him on his butt. Chance Lund tried to teach Sam a lesson for taking out his teammate, but Sam knocked him to the ice, too. Lund went to the penalty box.
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"I saw that his (Doty) head was down and I went for it," Sam said. "It was a good hit."
It certainly was.