We're back here at Toyota Center. It's the day after Thanksgiving, and I'm thankful I got to spend the day with family. Even more thankful that the leftover apple pie stayed in Walla Walla, or I would have eaten it for breakfast, lunch and dinner today.
Swift Current is here for its only meeting against the Americans this season. There's a Broncos fan across the way with a sign that reads: Go Swifty. Nice to see they have a fan or two on the road.
Tri-City is 12-18-0-0 with 5 ties all-time against the Broncos. The Ams lost 2-1 at SC last year.
SC is at the start of its swing through the U.S. Division. It dropped a 3-2 game at Spokane on Wednesday, and will be at Everett on Saturday.
The Broncos have a familiar name in goal in Jon Groenheyde, who was in Kamloops for a couple of years before going to the Oil Kings last year, and now minds the net in SC. Groenheyde is 8-7-1-2 this season.
The Americans counter with rookie Eric Comrie, who is 6-3-0-0.
Nate MacMaster returns to the lineup after missing a couple of weeks with a lower-body injury. On the Tri-City scratch list are Riley Guenther, Lucas Nickles and Lukas Walter.
For the Broncos, Dillon Heatherington, Jordan Evans, Christian Magnus and Adam Smith are scratched.
Of note, the Portland Winterhawks beat Spokane 5-3 at home earlier today. That gives Portland 34 points, making this a must-win night to stay one step ahead of the Hawks.
For Spokane, it still is winless on the road at 0-4-1-2. The Chiefs, who host Prince George on Saturday, are 11-2-0-0 at home, but you can't play them all at home.
Tonight, the fans got red flashing hearts, and with the lights out in the rink, it looks like twinkling Christmas lights around the arena.
Puck drops in 5.
We're all tied up at 1 goal apiece here at Toyota Center.
Marcus Messier scored for Tri-City just 2:46 into the game, and the Broncos evened things up at 17:07 with a goal by Colby Cave.
It's a fast-paced game and there were NO penalties in the first period.
The Americans take a 3-1 lead with a goal by Adam Hughesman and a shorty by Brendan Shinnimin.
Tri-City is wearing down the Broncos, who toward the end of the period were getting frustrated and took a couple of unadvised penalties, putting the Ams on the PP to open the third.
Mason Wilgosh and Hughesman score in the third to make it 5-1 Tri-City.
The Americans have won 3 in a row since dropping a game at Seattle last Friday.
The Regina Pats are here Saturday. The Pats beat Everett 5-2 on Friday behind a pair of goals from Jordan Weal.