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TCH: Vickerman returns to Americans’ lineup

By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald

Taylor Vickerman hasn’t seen the ice since he got hurt Sept. 24 at Portland — the third game of the season.

After missing 25 games, the Tri-City Americans forward will pull on his No. 22 jersey tonight and be in the lineup as the Americans host the Victoria Cougars (17-10-0-1) in the first of a Thanksgiving weekend doubleheader.

“I’m pretty excited,” said Vickerman, a Kennewick native. “It should be fun Friday getting back out there in the lineup. When the guys got Bowlsie (Parker Bowles) back, it sparked the team. He’s a guy that can score. Hopefully I can do the same. I’m excited to play Friday and Saturday and get a couple of wins.”

Tri-City (14-11-1-2) will finish the weekend Saturday against Spokane — the first time the Chiefs (17-8-0-1) have been at Toyota Center since opening night.

Vickerman’s return comes as the Americans lost two key defensemen to injuries. Captain Mitch Topping broke his arm last Friday against Kelowna, and Wil Tomchuk has a broken bone in his wrist and will have surgery next week. Both are expected to be out until late January.

 

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