By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
After a day of playing planes, trains and automobiles, the Tri-City Americans finally got all of their players back in town for Friday’s game against the Portland Winterhawks.
The odd travel arrangements didn’t seem to hamper the Americans too much, but the Winterhawks did.
Defenseman Anton Cederholm scored 56 seconds into overtime as Portland rallied to beat the Americans 3-2 before a crowd of 4,815 at the Toyota Center.
“Yesterday made today a lot tougher,” said Tri-City veteran forward Connor Rankin. “Flights got mixed up, a lot guys didn’t get in until this morning or late last night. That being said, our effort was outstanding tonight. That is a high-end hockey team over there. We came close tonight, but we have to dig down deeper tomorrow to get the win.”
The Americans (17-16-2-2, 38 points) and Winterhawks (24-8-2-2, 52 points) are back at it again tonight, in Portland at the Memorial Coliseum. Five games into the 10-games series, the road team has won every time.