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Tri-City Herald: Ams take on T-birds in annual Teddy Bear game

Dec 06, 2012 - 03:20 PST

By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald

Over the years, Tri-City Americans have had mixed emotions about the annual Teddy Bear Toss game.

“We are more concerned with the win,” Tri-City veteran defenseman Drdyn Dow said. “But it would be nice to have that goal. I’ve always been a big fan of the Teddy Bear game, when that first goal comes and all the bears come over.”

The Seattle Thunderbirds (14-13-1-0, 29 points) are at Toyota Center tonight, making their first appearance this season. Seattle hasn’t won in Kennewick since Jan. 27, 2008, a span of 22 games, but Dow said the Thunderbirds, who beat the Americans (17-10-1-1, 36 points) 3-1 on Oct. 26 in Kent, are a better team than they have been over the last couple of years.

“Seattle is a big team, and they will be a test,” Dow said. “They are a different team from what we have seen in the past. They are coming off big wins over Kamloops and Kelowna. They will come in with some energy, and we have to match that.”

Over the last 11 years, the Americans are 10-0-0-0 with one tie on Teddy Bear Toss night.