TCH: Americans traditionally enjoy New Year's Eve

By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald

Growing up in Kennewick, Taylor Vickerman watched numerous New Year’s Eve games at Toyota Center between the Tri-City Americans and the Spokane Chiefs as a fan.

Tonight, Vickerman will pull on his Tri-City sweater and experience the festivities first hand.

“It should be pretty fun,” Vickerman said. “I just remember fans going nuts and it was crazy loud. It was fun to watch, I can only imagine it’s more fun to play. It’s kind of special, I’m only the second guy from the Tri-Cities to play in the game. It will be a high-intense game.”

Tonight marks the 24th annual game between the teams to ring in the new year. The Americans lead the series 15-6-0-1 with one tie.

Tri-City did not play on New Years Eve in 1988 and beat Portland 8-4 on the road in 1989.

“It’s exciting,” said Tri-City coach Jim Hiller. “It’s hard to explain. The atmosphere is so awesome, you get caught up in a bit, even though you don’t want to. We can’t be standing around watching the crowd. We have to go out and get the crowd into the game and behind us.”

With a rash of injuries and players at tournament, the Americans have brought in three affiliate players to fill out the roster. Defensemen Jordan Davies and Brendan O’Reilly have played two games, while forward Maxwell James should be in the lineup tonight as Jessey Astles is out with an upper-body injury.

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Playoff Stats

Goalie GP W SO GAA SV%
Eric Comrie 5 1 0 3.46 0.917
Evan Sarthou 0 0 0 0.00 0.000
Player G A PTS PIM
Jessey Astles 1 0 1 2
Parker Bowles 1 2 3 4
Brandon Carlo 0 1 1 8
Ty Comrie 0 0 0 0
Jordan Davies 0 0 0 0
Morgan Geekie 0 0 0 0
Matthew Gelinas 0 0 0 0
Justin Gutierrez 1 3 4 2
Justin Hamonic 1 0 1 6
Riley Hillis 0 0 0 0
Justin Marreck 0 0 0 0
Devon McAndrews 0 0 0 0
Beau McCue 0 1 1 0
Lucas Nickles 0 0 0 4
Jackson Playfair 0 0 0 2
Michal Plutnar 0 0 0 2
Braden Purtill 0 0 0 2
Rodney Southam 0 0 0 0
Josh Thrower 0 0 0 5
Mitch Topping 0 2 2 4
Philip Tot 3 4 7 0
Taylor Vickerman 0 0 0 0
Brian Williams 3 2 5 4
Parker Wotherspoon 0 2 2 2
Standings
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Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Kelowna Rockets 72 57 11 0 4 118
Victoria Royals 72 48 20 1 3 100
Vancouver Giants 72 32 29 7 4 75
Prince George Cougars 72 27 37 3 5 62
Kamloops Blazers 72 14 53 2 3 33
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Edmonton Oil Kings 72 50 19 2 1 103
Calgary Hitmen 72 48 17 3 4 103
Medicine Hat Tigers 72 44 24 3 1 92
Kootenay Ice 72 39 28 2 3 83
Red Deer Rebels 72 35 32 1 4 75
Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 12 55 2 3 29
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Regina Pats 72 39 26 4 3 85
Swift Current Broncos 72 38 25 3 6 85
Brandon Wheat Kings 72 34 29 6 3 77
Prince Albert Raiders 72 35 32 3 2 75
Moose Jaw Warriors 72 21 42 3 6 51
Saskatoon Blades 72 16 51 2 3 37
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Portland Winterhawks 72 54 13 2 3 113
Seattle Thunderbirds 72 41 25 2 4 88
Everett Silvertips 72 39 23 7 3 88
Spokane Chiefs 72 40 26 3 3 86
Tri-City Americans 72 29 33 4 6 68