By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
The Tri-City Americans are riding high after earning five of six points on their three-game Central Division swing last weekend.
But riding an even bigger wave are the Portland Winterhawks (14-3-0-1, 29 points), who have won 11 in a row and host the Americans (10-8-0-2) tonight at the Moda Center.
“It’s a big challenge,” Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said of playing Portland. “Getting back on our feet at home was a big challenge. Going out on the three-game road trip was a big challenge. This game is going to be a big challenge. They just keep coming. We’ll meet them head on. So far the last couple of weeks we’ve met the last two (challenges) head on and done pretty well.”
Portland coach Mike Johnston said he watched the Americans’ last three games and knows it won’t be an easy game tonight.
“They always play well against us.” Johnston said. “I thought their last three games they played very well. They have (Parker) Bowles back and they have added (Devon) McAndrews. That depth has strengthened their group.”
Tri-City may be sitting last in the U.S. Division standings with 22 points, but its just two points back of Everett, Seattle and Spokane, who all have 24.