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Catch the Americans on FSN

Since tickets to tonight's Tri-City-Portland game are pretty much gone, you can still catch all the action on FSN at 7 p.m.

"This is great for the league," said Americans GM Bob Tory. "I'm sure they couldn't be more happy with the matchup."

With Portland leading the U.S. Division with 69 points and the Americans third with 61 (though Tri-City has five games in hand), the battle for the division banner is in full swing. Spokane (66 points) also is sticking its hand in the pie.

"It should be really exciting for the fans," Tory said of the race for the division title. "Three teams that are arguably some of the best in the CHL prepare for the playoffs. That's why you play — to challenge the best. When you are considered a top team, you should rise to the challenge."

The Americans always have great attendance numbers for Spokane games, but as the race heats up, the seats fill up, no matter who rolls into town.

"Hopefully that's the same for all three teams the rest of the way," Tory said. "I'd be surprised if the attendance in all three cities didn't rise."

Fans can keep track of the U.S. Division standings right here.

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Lorne Molleken became the fifth head coach in WHL history to reach 500 victories when his Saskatoon Blades got past the Oil Kings 4-3 in Edmonton on Wednesday night.

The other four are Ken Hodge, Ernie McLean, Pat Ginnell and Don Hay. Only Hay, the head coach of the Vancouver Giants, is still active.

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Kelowna radio announcer Regan Bartel has a bit of a bird crush on Americans mascot Winger. Check out his video here.

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The Portland Winterhawks returned to the CHL poll this week, coming in at No. 10. This is their 13th week in the poll. Spokane still is in the honorable mention category.

Still at No. 1 is the Saint John Sea Dogs, followed by the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors, Saskatoon Blades, Montreal Juniors, Quebec Remparts, Red Deer Rebels, Saginaw Spirit, Niagara IceDogs, Drummondville Voltigeurs and Portland.

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