Friday, October 27, 2012
Spokane Chiefs (9-5-0-0, 18 pts) at Tri-City Americans (9-4-1-1, 20 pts)
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Spokane: 6-5 Loss at Everett
Tri-City: 3-1 Loss at Seattle
Seattle: Mitch Holmberg 11G 12A 23PT; Brenden Kichton 4G 12A 16PT; Dylan Walchuk 4G 12 16PT
Tri-City: Justin Feser, 8G 7A 15PT; Connor Rankin 6G 2A 8PT; Lucas Nickles 4G 4A 8PT
The Americans finished an eight game road trip last night with a 3-1 loss to the Seattle Thunderbirds. Tri-City was 6-1-1 in the eight game road trip and is playing their first home game in three weeks. The last home game was a 4-3 shootout loss to Victoria. Spokane comes to Kennewick having lost two straight and in second place in the division. The Chiefs have won the previous two meetings this season, a 5-2 win in the Americans home opener and a 5-3 loss a week later in Spokane Arena. The Americans got the better of Spokane last season, winning eight of 12 contests. Mitch Holmberg is the lead man in Spokane with 11 goals, 12 assists and 23 points, which is tied for fourth in the league. Spokane has won two straight in the Toyota Center dating back to last season.
Players to Watch
Spokane: D Brenden Kichton: Drafted in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders, the captain of the Chiefs is tied for the most assists on the team this season.
RW Riley Whittingham: Listed as a C Skater in the NHL Preliminary Scouting Rankings, the 17-year-old has an assist in eight games this season as a rookie.
Tri-City: RW Malte Strömwall: Strömwall is fourth on the team in scoring, tallying five goals and two assists in only nine games this season.
C Parker Bowles: Leads Americans rookies with four goals and is tied for the rookie lead in points with five.
Keys to the Game
Fast Start: Tri-City is 7-1 when scoring first, but is 2-3-1-1 when allowing the opponent to score first.
Division Rivalry: The Americans are 3-4 in the division this season, only defeating the Everett Silvertips three times while losing to Spokane twice and once each to Portland and Seattle. At home, the Americans are 1-2 against division opponents and are 2-2-0-1 overall at home this season. Last season, the Americans were 16-4 at home in the division and were 27-6-1-2 overall at home.
Spokane: Oct. 30 vs. Seattle
Tri-City: Oct. 28 at Portland