Game Day Preview: Americans @ RocketsFeb 19, 2014 - 05:41 PST
Written By: Tole, Ben
Wednesday February 19, 2014
Tri-City Americans (27-26-3-3, 60 pts.) at Kelowna Rockets (46-8-0-4, 96 pts.)
Prospera Place, Kelowna, BC; 7:05 p.m. PST
Local Radio Broadcast: NewsTalk 870 AM, 6:45 p.m.
Watch: WHL Live
Kelowna: 02/14/14 vs. Prince George (4-2 Win)
Tri-City: 02/15/14 at Spokane (0-7 Loss)
2013/14 Point Leaders
Kelowna: Myles Bell 38G-28A-66PT, Tyson Baillie 22G-33A-55PT, Ryan Olsen 26G-28A-54PT
Tri-City: Brian Williams 34G-15A-49 PT , Phil Tot 15G-21A-36PT , Lucas Nickles 15G-18A-33PT
The Tri-City Americans travel to Kelowna for the first time this season, for a meeting against the WHL leading Rockets. Kelowna currently leads the season series 1-0, with a 4-1 victory at the Toyota Center on November 22 in the only contest between the two teams. All-time, Tri-City leads the series with a record of 63-56-2-0 against Kelowna. After tonight, Kelowna and Tri-City will meet twice more in the final four weeks of the season playing.
Players to Watch
Myles Bell- Leading the way offensively for the Rockets has been Myles Bell, who comes into tonight’s game with a team-high 38 goals. The 20-year-old has put together a productive month of February, scoring seven goals and four assists in seven games, going pointless just twice.
Madison Bowey- One player who did a lot of damage against the Americans in the first meeting this season was defenseman Madison Bowey, who scored two of the teams four goals. The Winnipeg native has tallied 15 goals this season, ranking eighth among all WHL defenseman with 49 points.
Jordan Cooke- The Americans will need to find a way to beat one of the WHL’s top goaltenders in Jordan Cooke tonight, who currently has the leauge’s third best goals against average at 2.41. The Alberta native has allowed more than three goals just once in the last five games and held the Americans to just one score in its first meeting this season.
Parker Bowles- Parker Bowles continues to get stronger and stronger with every game since returning to the lineup and has recently started to find his scoring touch. The Kelowna native has registered goals in two of his last three games and will look to continue that hot streak in his hometown tonight.
Parker Wotherspoon- After a remarkable month of January where he registered 10 points, the rookie defenseman seems to have cooled down offensively. But, the B.C. native has kept his strong defensive play up as the Americans go through a critical part of its schedule. He will play a critical role in keeping one of the most dangerous scoring teams in the league quiet tonight.
Brian Williams- It’s been a quiet road trip for the Americans top scorer, who has been held scoreless in all four of the Americans games through this swing. But, the team will again look to Williams to lead the team offensively, as it hopes to knock of the WHL’s best club. The 19-year-old has had success against Kelowna this season, scoring in the teams’ only meeting against the Rockets.
Previous Game: The Americans will be looking to put Saturday’s rough outing behind them, where it fell 7-0 to the Spokane Chiefs at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. Tri-City will have the opportunity to avenge the loss, as the two teams will face off three more times this season.
Against B.C. Division: The Americans will be looking to improve on its record against the B.C. Division where it has gone 8-8-1-0 so far this season. In previous meetings against its cross division Western Conference opponents, Tri-City has victories against Victoria and Prince George as well as multiple wins against both Vancouver and Kamloops.
Concluding Five-Game Road Swing: Tonight is the final contest of a five-game road swing that began in Kamloops last Monday before traveling to Victoria and back through Seattle and Spokane. In the four games the team is 1-2-1-0 earning three points. Following tonight’s game, the American will return home to Kennewick to open up a three-game home stand starting this Friday night against the Prince Albert Raiders.
Playoff Update: With 13 games remaining in the 2013-14 regular season, the Americans currently sit in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Tri-City sits four points back of the Everett Silvertips for the seventh spot in the West and six shy of the Vancouver Giants for the six seed. Still in the hunt are the Prince George Cougars who sit just two points back of the Americans as of February 17th and will have an opportunity to pull even with a road contest against the Portland winterhawks on Tuesday night.
Comrie Saves for Hunger: Americans goaltender Eric Comrie has teamed up with 2nd Harvest Tri-Cities to re-launch “Comrie Saves Hunger” for its second season. Comrie will donate 50 cents out of his own pocket for every save that makes on home ice. The Tri-City Americans will also match Comrie’s donation to 2nd Harvest dollar for dollar. So far Comrie’s save total at the Toyota Center is up to 753, equaling to $376.50 in his personal donation.
Tri-City: vs. Prince Albert 02/21/14
Kelowna: at Prince George 02/21/14