What a wet and miserable day. Not so much here in the Tri-Cities, but in Yakima is was raining cats and dogs, as it were. My son had a track meet at West Valley and we — and many other parents — spent time in the rain and cold. He had OK marks, but when the shot and discus rings are wet, you really have to watch your spins.
Tonight, fans get to complete their Ams trading card collection with a Matt MacKenzie card. Matt joined the Ams after the cards had been sent to the printer. Carter Ashton got into the original set because Dan Mulhausen worked his magic to get a photo of him from the World Junior Championship.
Also tonight, there is a silent auction fundraiser for Dr. David Lemak of CBC who is fighting cancer. There is a large collection of Ams memorabilia, including a trading card set that includes Terry Ryan and Daymond Langkow, and a signed stick by the 1994-95 team. There is also a large collection of other items, including car care items, Scentsy items and small hand-held video recorders.
I see Adam Hughesman skating warmups for the Ams. I know he is not playing, but it is nice to see him out there.
Last night, Red Deer beat Edmonton 5-3, Brandon beat Medicine Hat 7-2, Moose Jaw shut out Kootenay 4-0, Kelowna beat PG 4-1 and Spokane beat Chilliwack 3-2 (OT). Everyone is playing tonight, including the first games of the Portland-Everett series and Prince Albert-Saskatoon series.
Here at Toyota Center, the Ams lead the series 1-0 after Carter Ashton scored with 2.2 seconds remaining in overtime. After tonight, Games 3 and 4 are in Vancouver. I will be there to keep you up-to-date.
Also last night, with an assist on Ashton's game winner, Kruise Reddick tied Daymond Langkow for first on the team's all-time playoff assists list with 30. One more and the record is his.
With a win tonight, Ams coach Jim Hiller will pass Bob Loucks (14) for second om the team's all-time coaching playoff wins list. Don Nachbaur is at the top of the list with 27.
Same starting goalies tonight. Mark Segal had 44 saves for the Giants last night, while Drew Owsley had 25 for the Americans.
A little stat of the day — Vancouver has won just 8 times in its last 25 visits to Toyota Center.
Vancouver coach Don Hay needs just one win to become the all-time leader in playoff wins among WHL coaches. He is tied with former Portland coach Ken Hodge at 101.
Hay also is one of just five coaches who have won 500 or more regular season games. Hay has 521. The others are Hodge (742), Ernie "Punch" McLean (548), Lorne Molleken (520) and Pat Ginnell (518).
Carey Price suffered a loss in the Montreal goal tonight, losing a 2-0 game to the Capitals. Price had 31 saves, while his teammates had just 18 shots on goal. Can't hand this one on Carey.
My apologies to Kevin Meunch, the head of the WHL officials. I spelled his last name wrong last night. I guess I hurt his feelings, he didn't come back today.
The lights are down and the puck will drop soon. Stay tuned.
The Ams lead 3-2 after one. We didn't even have 5 goals scored all of last night.
Shinny, Holland and Feser (short-handed) have scored for Tri-City, on nine shots.
Tri-City leads 5-4 after two with Neal Prokop and Matt MacKenzie finding the net for the Ams.
Vancouver's Brendan Gallagher sent Shinny into the boards at 8:17 of the second. A double minor for checking from behind. The fans were chanting "Throw him out." It was not a clean hit.
Wow, I left you all hanging here waiting for the final score – still 5-4 Tri-City. The Ams killed off four Vancouver power plays in the third to preserve the win.
Off to Vancouver for games 3 and 4.