Saturday November 9, 2013
Everett Silvertips (13-3-2-0 28 pts.) At Tri-City Americans (11-9-0-2 24 pts.)
Toyota Center, Kennewick, WA; 7:05 p.m.
Listen: NewsTalk 870; 6:45 p.m.
Watch: WHL Live
Everett: 11/08/13 vs. Tri-City (2-0, Win)
Tri-City: 11/08/13 at Everett (0-2, Loss)
2013/14 Point Leaders
Everett: Josh Winquist 14G-17A-31PT, Manraj Hayer 10G-8A-18PT, Matt Pufahl 6G-11A-17PT
Tri-City: Brian Williams 14G-8A-22PT, Connor Rankin 6G-113A-19PT, Phil Tot 6G-7A-13PT
The Tri-City Americans return to the Toyota Center to for the second leg of the home-and-home with the Everett Silvertips. Historically the Americans lead the all-time series with a record of 51-35-2-6 against Everett in the teams’ 11-year history against one another. Tri-City is looking to get revenge on the Silvertips who have shut the Americans out in both meetings this season.
Players to Watch
Daniel Cotton- In the Silvertips current three-game win streak, Cotton has been a tough man to beat. Allowing just one goal combined on those games with two shutouts. The Americans are yet to score on the Silvertips in two games this season, with Cotton and Austin Lotz both recording shutouts.
Tyler Sandhu- Sandhu comes into tonight’s game on a seven-game point streak, where he has recorded four goals and six assists. Last night the Everett forward was the only man to score on either of the goaltenders, scoring the winning goal at the 1:30 mark of the second period.
Josh Winquist- With just one assist last night the Americans snapped Winquists six-game multi-point streak, Tonight Tri-City will hope to do one better against the Silvertips leader in goals assists and points leader. Winquist currently ranks fourth in the WHL with 31 points in just 18 games.
Eric Comrie- While the Americans struggled the find its offense last night, Tri-City’s defensive and goaltending continued to thrive. Comrie turned in another big time performance holding the Silvertips to just one goal on the 34 shots he faced. If last night’s game was any indication, we could be in for another low scoring affair and that all starts with the goaltenders.
Brian Williams- After a big game in Portland on Wednesday, the Everett Silvertips kept Tri-City’s top line in check last night holding them off the score sheet for the first time in five games. Offensive success on the first line will start with Williams who is currently tied for fourth in the WHL with 14 goals.
Justin Gutierrez-One player the Americans would love to get more production from is Justin Gutierrez, who performed well during the five-game road trip with points in two of the five games. The young forward spent some time with the top line prior to the return of Parker Bowles and Tri-City hopes that experience will bode well for the Alaska native has he continues to develop.
The Boys Are Back In Town: The Americans return to the Toyota Center after concluding a successful five-game road trip that saw the team go 3-1-0-1 for seven out of a possible 10 points. So far this season, Tri-City is 6-3-0-0 at home and are riding a three-game home ice winning streak heading into tonight’s contest. The Americans are 31-14-1-2 all-time against the Silvertips when playing at home.
Solving the Everett Defense: Filling in for Austin Lotz as the starting goaltender, Daniel Cotton has allowed just one goal in the Silvertips current three-game winning streak. Through those three games the Tips’ have out shot its opponents 108-48 allowing an average of 16 shots on goal per game.
Penalty Killing Success: The Americans penalty killing continues to be one of the strongest units in the league, killing its infractions off at an 85.5 percent rate, ranking third in the WHL. The Ams’ will look to repeat its success from last night when it kept the seventh ranked power play off the board on all-three of its opportunities.
Against U.S. Division: The Americans are 4-7-0-1 against the U.S. Division this season which has statistically been the strongest Division in the WHL. The group has combined for a record of 63-28-2-5 and is the only division in the league where every team is above .500. While currently sitting at the bottom of the division, Tri-City would be no worse than third place in any other division in the WHL and as high as second in two divisions.
Here Come the Americans: After a slow start to the season, the Americans are right back in the thick of things sitting in the sixth spot in the Western Conference. Tri-City finds itself just four points behind the third ranked Silvertips and five behind the WHL leading Portland Winterhawks. Since starting 2-5-0-1 in the team’s first eight games, the Americans have since gone 9-4-0-1 propelling itself back into good position as the team passes the quarter mark of the 2013-14 season.
WHL Subway Series Team Named: This Past week, Americans goaltender Eric Comrie was named to the WHL team that will take on team Russia in the WHL portion of the Subway Super Series being played in Red Deer and Lethbridge, AB November 27 and 28 respectably. Joining Comrie will be Jujhar Khaira of the Everett Silvertips who was also named to the team earlier this week.
Tri-City: vs Regina 11/15/13
Everett: vs. Vancouver 11/11/13