It appears the hole in the ice at Toyota Center was a cooling system problem. The ice seemed to hold up after being patched over the weekend, but come late Monday afternoon, problems began again.
The Toyota Center staff removed the boards and the team bench and found that there was a leak in the cooling system. The staff worked until 5 a.m. Tuesday to fix the problem. The repair should hold until the end of the season, where the ice will be taken out and crews can take a better look at the problem.
Thing is, the entire cooling system, which has been there since 1988, is a problem. I know money is tight everywhere, but after fighting so hard to keep the Americans here in town, and getting local ownership, the least the city can do is make sure the team has a safe playing surface. Hopefully they will do the right thing.
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For those of you who thought I was wrong in not giving Neal Prokop two goals in my story today, blame Neal. Neal told me after the game that his second goal belonged to Patrick Holland. The team made the change last night and notified me well before press time. Good and honest people are hard to find, but it's good to know the Americans have one (I'm sure they all are) in their midst.
The Saint John Sea Dogs (35-5-0-2) are still atop the weekly CHL poll, while the Portland Winterhawks, who have struggled as of late, fell from third to seventh.
1. Saint John Sea Dogs, 2. Mississauga St. Michael's Majors, 3. Quebec Remparts, 4. Saskatoon Blades, 5. Montreal Juniors, 6. Saginaw Spirit, 7. Portland Winterhawks, 8. Ottawa 67's, 9. Kootenay Ice, 10. Niagara IceDogs.
Portland picked up a new defenseman, getting William Wrenn into the fold from University of Denver. Wrenn, at 6-1, 210, had one assist in 18 games during his sophomore season before jumping to the WHL. A native of Anchorage, Alaska, Wrenn has been listed by Portland since 2006. He will wear No. 44 for the Winterhawks.