TCH: Ams set to play Portland again

By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald

It’s the start of a new year for the Tri-City Americans.

With 2013 behind them, they will start fresh tonight with a home game against the Portland Winterhawks.

It is the third meeting between the teams since they returned from Christmas break and the seventh this season, in which the Winterhawks hold a 4-2 lead.

“The last few times we’ve played Portland we’ve generated plenty of chances, but (goalie Brendan Burke) has played pretty well,” said Americans coach Jim Hiller. “The key against Portland is not to let them have chances on the rush.”

Burke has given up just three goals to the Americans over the last two games.

Tri-City comes into tonight’s game eighth in the Western Conference at 17-18-2-2, and while the Americans have lost their last seven games, they have not lost their will to win.

“If you don’t have that, you can’t win,” Hiller said of his team’s positive demeanor. “We have seen it, we just haven’t been rewarded. We know it will turn around.”



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