It was the first meeting between Tri-City and Vancouver this season and the Giants apparently still had some hard feelings after losing the Western Conference finals to the Ams last year. Enough so that 277 penalty minutes were shared between the two teams. I spent more time typing in those names and numbers than I did addressing my Christmas cards.
The Ams had just 450 penalty minutes for the entire season coming into the game, and rolled up 101 on Friday night. But, most of those PIMs came as the Ams were defending themselves and each other as the Giants felt the need to reach out and touch someone. I have never seen a Don Hay team in such disarray. I have never seen Don Hay tossed from game. Now I have. Ams coach Jim Hiller got the hook as well, but only after too many fights. The league will say the coaches had no control over their teams. There will be fines coming and I foresee a couple of Vancouver players sitting a game or two.
The Ams' Mason Wilgosh had a game-high 25 PIMs, but he was in one fight and got a 10 and a game.
Other coaches in the league who have gotten a game misconduct have been fined $500. I see $250 fines for each team for multiple fights. Merry Christmas to the WHL.
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In the good news department, Everett shut out Spokane and Ams trail the evil Chiefs by just one point — but have two games in hand. Tri-City finishes the first half of the season Saturday in Everett.
Off I go. The family is coming over for Christmas dinner on Saturday and I still have things to do.