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Game day: Vancouver at Tri-City

I was a little disappointed today to see that Tri-City Americans goalie Troy Trombley was NOT nominated for CHL goalie of the week.

Patrik Bartosak of the Red Deer Rebels got that honor. Bartosak stopped 76 of 78 shots, got two wins and was first start one night and second the other. The wins came over Prince George and Victoria.

Trombley stopped 75 of 77 shots in his two games, got two wins and first star in one game the second in the other. The difference here is not the one shot — it’s the fact he posted a 6-2 ROAD win over Portland, the top-ranked team in the CHL. The next night, he had 34 saves in shutting out Spokane in a huge rivaly game. The two games were his first two starts in the league (Bartosak has played in 43 games). Give the kid some love, he played really well.

If you want to toss in the Calgary game last Tuesday, where he allowed two goals on 10 shots, that game was so far gone when he went in it’s hard to smack his hand for that.

Trombley gets the start tonight.


Up in Kelowna, the Rockets got a bit of bad news with the loss two players. Rookie defenseman Mitchell Wheaton and forward Carter Rigby will miss the rest of the season with shoulder injuries. The team said both players will require surgery, with recuperation projected to be 4-5 months.

Tonight, the Vancouver Giants are in town. A win by the Americans would put them in fourth place in the Western Conference with one game in hand on Spokane.

Vancouver comes in having lost seven of its last 10 games. They took Portland to overtime Saturday, one day after the Americans hung a 6-2 loss on the Winterhawks.

The Giants are the last-place team in the WHL (32 points) and their playoff hopes diminish with each loss. They are 15 points behind eighth-place Everett with 12 games to play. That’s 24 points. The Giants need a whole lot of wins and a whole lot of losses by Everett and ninth-place Prince George, which has 44 points.

The Americans reached the playoffs with PG’s loss 6-0 loss to Edmonton on Monday. The Americans need 7 more wins to hit 40 for the 7th consecutive season, which would tie the WHL record.

Speaking of records. Tri-City captain Justin Feser is playing his 308th consecutive game tonight. Barring any incidents, he will tie the record a week from today and break it March 1.

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