Game Day Preview: Rebels @ AmericansNov 03, 2012 - 06:22 PDT
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Red Deer Rebels (9-8-1-1, 20 pts) at Tri-City Americans (10-6-1-1, 22 pts)
Toyota Center, 7:05 p.m.
Listen: NewsTalk 870
Watch: WHL Live
Red Deer: 3-1 Win at Spokane
Tri-City: 3-2 Win vs. Everett
Red Deer: Charles Inglis, 11G-3A--14PT; Matt Bellerive 4G-8A--12PT; Joel Hamilton 1G-11A--12PT
Tri-City: Justin Feser, 8G-9A--17PT; Malte Strömwall 7G-2A--9PT; Connor Rankin 6G-3A--9PT
Tri-City comes back to the states after a road trip to Eastern Canada, where they were 5-0-1-0. Their only loss was an overtime loss to Saskatoon. Eric Comrie picked up his second shutout of the season at Moose Jaw, and is now tied fifth on the all-time Americans shutout list. The Americans started an eight game home stand on Friday against Everett, and began it on the right note with a 3-2 win. Red Deer comes into the game having won two straight, the most recent a 3-1 win over Spokane. The team is led by Charles Inglis, who has 11 goals. The team is in tough competition in the Central Division, with five teams separated by three points. Patrik Bartosak leads the Rebels in net, who has seven wins on the season in the 14 games he has played. The last meeting between the Rebels and Americans in Kennewick ended with a 5-3 Red Deer victory. The Rebels have won three straight against the Americans, with Tri-City’s last win coming at home in the 2008-09 season. Tri-City is 5-7 all-time at home against the Rebels.
Players to Watch
LW Turner Elson: A Calgary Flame as of 2011, the undrafted NHLer has five goals and five assists this season in 12 games.
D Brady Gaudet: Gaudet has made a big impact after coming over from Kamloops this season, scoring two goals in four games while recording a plus three rating with the Rebels.
G Eric Comrie: Comrie has played in every game this season for the Americans, and is one of the top goaltenders in the league and one of the highest rated goalies by NHL scouts.
RW Malte Strömwall: The 18-year-old Swede has come up big for the Americans this season, netting three game winning goals and three power play goals.
Keys to the Game
Unfamiliar Territory: The Americans will begin to play the Central Division teams beginning with the Red Deer Rebels tonight. Last season, the Americans were 4-1-1 against Central Division opponents last season, losing only to the Calgary Hitmen and Red Deer. The Americans are 36-34 against the Central Division all-time, and usually plays each team once a year.
Home Ice Advantage?: Last season, the Americans were seemingly unstoppable at home, going 27-6-1-2 and were 6-1 in their first seven games at home. This season has been different, as the Ams are 3-3-0-1 in their first seven home games, but have a chance to improve their home record with an eight game home stand.
Red Deer: Nov. 6 at Portland
Tri-City: Nov. 4 vs. Spokane
Game Day Promotions
It’s another Coors Light Super Cold Saturday when the Central Division’s Red Deer Rebels make their lone Toyota Center appearance on Western States Insurance Night, presented by KNDU-TV, URock Radio and Tú Decides. The first 1,000 fans will receive a free Stress Puck, courtesy of Western States Insurance. It’s another Jack in the Box Rock the Rink Saturday Night, with student ticket discounts available at the Toyota Center box office, simply by showing your valid student card. It’s also Scout Night with the Tri-City Americans, so be sure to have your Boy or Girl Scout troops contact the Americans’ office to ask how they can get involved and earn a limited edition Americans Scout Night patch! Our first break will feature a performance by the All American Spirit, followed by around round of the Toyota of Tri-Cities Titanic Trike Races. Then, our second break will host the always-popular Ranch and Home Chuck-A-Puck.