The Vancouver Giants are back in town for their second and final game of the season at Toyota Center. The last time the Giants were here, the Ams lit up goalie Brendan Jensen for nine goals in a 9-1 victory. Tonight, Jensen is in goal again. I wonder if there is a Vegas line on this game.
The Giants are a much different team than they were a month ago. Captain Craig Cunningham was traded to Portland, they acquired Darren Bestland from Brandon and Andrej Stastny is back from the World Juniors after playing for Slovakia. Vancouver has had a rash of injuries. Connor Redmond is out three more weeks with a shoulder injury; James Henry has another month on the bench with a knee injury; tough guys Randy McNaught is out for the season with an ankle injury, as is Marek Tvrdon with a dislocated shoulder.
The Americans will be without Jordan Messier for the second straight game. Big Mess took a hit to the head from Seattle's Mitch Elliot in the third period. Also on the IR is Neal Prokop, who went down in the second period Friday against Kamloops. His status is day-to-day.
Someone asked not too long ago about the Americans scoring. Here's a breakdown: First period — 50 goals. Second period — 55 goals. Third period — 57 goals. They have had hot starts, but there have also been games where they have rallied to win (or have fallen short).
Another tidbit for you all: when the Ams score first they are 23-2-1-0. When they lead after two periods they are 22-10-0.And, they have outshot opponents 1,416 to 1,253.
Ealier today in WHL action, Spokane beat Kootenay 11-2 in an outdoor game at Avista Stadium. The Chiefs lead the league with 181 goals scored.
Tonight, Drew Owsley is in goal for Tri-City. Big Mess and Prokop are the scratches.
In NHL action, Carey Price backed the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers.
The game to keep track of tonight is Portland at Kamloops. the U.S. Division standings are going to be a zoo the rest of the season.
My brother Nick, his wife Cami, son Andy and in-laws Gerry and Linda are here from Selah. It's the first game for Gerry and Linda. I hope they have fun.
The puck drops in 5 minutes. Stay tuned.
The Americans have a 2-0 lead with goals by Patrick Holland and Adam Hughesman. Carter Ashton looked to add a couple more, but Vancouver goalie Brendan Jensen was able to poke check the puck away.
At the end of the first in Kamloops, the Blazers and Portland are scoreless.
Ams 4-0. Shinny and Feser score goals, taking advantage of being in the right place at the right time.
This game is moving right along. There were 10 stoppages in play in the first and took just 29 minutes. Int he second, 15 stoppages of play and again in 29 minutes.
Portland is up 3-1 in Kamloops late in the second period.
One more goal and it's Burger Ranch for a second night in a row. If everyone turned in their tickets, Ed Mulhausen would be giving away about 9,000 burgers. That's a lot of beef. That's very generous. So, when you redeem your ticket, add some fries and a drink and support your local businessman. He will need the coin to buy more burger.
Ams win 5-2 with Shinny collecting his second goal of the night in the third.
Vancouver gets a pair on rookie goalie Chris Drieger in the third after Drew Owsley called it a night after stopping all 24 shots that came his way.
Tri-City has won 11 in a row at home. They take their show on the road Tuesday at Portland.