By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
The Tri-City Americans season ended Friday night, falling short in their bid to extend their first-round series with Kelowna.
Marek Tvrdon had two goals as the Rockets beat the Americans 4-1 victory before a crowd of 4,875 at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia.
“The only disappointing thing is we got to play so little together healthy,” said Tri-City coach Jim Hiller. “We played every game hard, and every game we had a chance to win. It wasn’t for lack of effort. I’m proud of how we played.”
Kelowna, ranked No. 1 in the CHL for 11 consecutive weeks, won the series 4-1 and advanced to the Western Conference semifinals, where it will face the winner of the Seattle-Everett series, which the Thunderbirds lead 3-1.
“It was a tough series,” Kelowna coach Ryan Huska told the Daily Courier. “It was good for us that we were pushed and tested the way we were. Tri-City played very hard; none of the games were easy games by any stretch of the imagination.”
Portland and Victoria will square off in the other semifinal. The Winterhawks swept Vancouver, while the Royals swept Spokane.