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TCH: Ams ready for busy weekend

Jan 17, 2014 - 05:22 PST

By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald

It’s been a week since the Tri-City Americans revamped their lineup, and with a solid week of practice, they are ready for their first three-game weekend since the first half of their Central Division road trip in early November.

Tri-City will play at Seattle tonight, then host Spokane on Saturday and Vancouver on Sunday.

“Every weekend is a challenge,” said Tri-City coach Jim Hiller. “We played two games last weekend and that was a challenge. We are fortunate the travel is Friday and we are home Saturday and Sunday. That makes the weekend a little easier. For me, it’s as much about the travel as it is about how many games you play.”

The Thunderbirds (26-14-2-3, 57 points), Chiefs (26-13-2-2, 56) and Giants (22-15-5-3, 52) are ahead of the eighth-place Americans (20-20-2-2, 44) in the Western Conference standings, and a couple of wins could go a long way in putting space between themselves and the Prince George Cougars, who are lurking four points back.

“They are always challenging for different reasons,” Hiller said of his weekend opponents. “Each team has different strengths.”

The Americans added forward Jackson Playfair and defenseman Josh Thrower last weekend and split their games with Everett. Going into tonight’s game, both have had a week get things figured out.

 

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