TCH: Rookie D-men learning on the fly

By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald

For two guys who never played in the Western Hockey League before last Friday, defensemen Brendan O’Reilly, 16, and Jordan Davies, 17, have adjusted quite well.

Called up by the Tri-City Americans right before Christmas, the pair played both games against the Portland Winterhawks last weekend.

“Against Portland, you are going to get tested off the rush and I thought both Jordan and Brendan did a really good job having to jump into that,” Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said. “They did a great job and gave us good minutes. I think they are more comfortable with a weekend of games and a practice. I expect even more (today).”

While playing against Portland was a tall order, just getting to the Tri-Cities was a feat all in itself.

O’Reilly, who was stranded in Salt Lake City because of fog at the Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco, was the last to arrive, getting to Toyota Center a couple of hours before last Friday’s game.

“Getting here was really rough,” O’Reilly said. “I got 4 1/2 hours of sleep the night before we played Portland. My 8:30 flight (Friday morning) got canceled and I was waiting around until 3:15.”

Davies was stranded in Denver, but had Tri-City veteran defensemen Justin Hamonic and Jeff Hubic to keep him company.



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