By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
Tonight’s Tri-City-Calgary game brings a trio of former Americans players back to Toyota Center, but there is no time for a reunion.
The Americans (31-21-1-2, 65 points), who slipped to sixth place in the Western Conference last weekend with a pair of crucial losses to Victoria and Spokane, need to focus on righting the ship and picking up a couple of points.
“It’s not like we played poorly. We played pretty well, but not well enough to win,” said Americans coach Jim Hiller, whose team plays at Portland on Friday and hosts Spokane on Saturday. “The penalties we took on the weekend probably cost us both games. You don’t have to look further than 12 power plays and five goals. That, and we aren’t scoring that much.
“It will be a great challenge this week. There are a lot of points available. We are behind and we need to get back on top of that. We know we have beaten all the best teams we have faced so far. We have to finish strong.”