By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
A healthy Phil Tot is a dangerous player.
The Tri-City Americans overage forward, who battled injuries this year and last, is skating in his first career playoff series and has made a difference with a goal and an assist in the first two games against Kelowna in their first-round series.
“He does so many things,” Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said. “I have such an appreciation of him as a player. He does things that help us win that go unnoticed. He is valuable player.”
The Americans will need Tot and the rest of the team to be at their best tonight when they host the Rockets in Game 3 of their best-of-7 series. Kelowna won the first two games with identical scores of 3-1 at Prospera Place.
“I thought we played the first four periods very well,” Hiller said. “We lost a step and I’m not sure if it was physical or mental the last two periods. It’s going to take a full 60 minutes a game. It’s important for us not to get frustrated, and I thought we did Sunday. When you play a good team, you have to be more determined to score and stick with it. We have a good goalie (Eric Comrie) who always gives us a chance.”
Tot, who was limited to 15 games last season because of a concussion, has played 51 this season. He missed six weeks with a lower-body injury right before the playoffs, but he appears to be operating on all cylinders.