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TCH: Americans open second half of season Friday

Dec 27, 2013 - 01:52 PST

By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald

At one point Thursday afternoon, Justin Gutierrez post on Twitter, “the nightmare trip continues.”

The Tri-City Americans forward was returning to Kennewick from Anchorage, Alaska, after the Christmas break, but his flight into Pasco was delayed because of dense fog.

Gutierrez wasn’t the only one stranded at the Seattle airport. Thirteen of his Tri-City teammates were in the same boat.

“It wasn’t snow in Canada, it was fog in Pasco,” said Tri-City coach Jim Hiller, who had three players at Thursday night’s practice. “A good portion of (the players) are on their way on a bus from Seattle. We were able get a bus and driver with the company we use. If not for that, it would have been ugly. We are going to try and practice in the morning, but we still won’t have a full group by then.”

Also stranded by fog were Justin Hamonic, Jeff Hubic and Jordan Davies in Denver, Brendan O’Reilly in Salt Lake City and Rodney Southam in Minneapolis.

Kennewick native Taylor Vickerman had no excuse for missing Thursday night’s practice, he lives just 5 minutes from Toyota Center.