The score may have been the same but the process was much different…
The Tri-City Americans won back-to-back games over the Portland Winterhawks on Tuesday and Wednesday by 5-1 margins, but the effort was much different for Portland in Kennewick last night than it was 24 hours earlier.
Portland got over twice as many shots at the Tri-City net (44 to 21) last night, forcing Americans goaltender Drew Owsley to make some tough saves and the Hawks hit a post or two as well.
At the other end, Keith Hamilton allowed five goals on 22 shots before being relieved by Mac Carruth after two long shots got in halfway through the second period. Carruth stopped all 11 shots he faced.
Craig Cunningham (pictured) looked more comfortable on Wednesday night and picked up his first point in a Winterhawk sweater, setting up Ty Rattie for the Hawks only goal in the first period.
I thought last night was Jason Trott’s best game in a Hawk uniform (granted he hasn’t played much) but he played gritty, got a number of shots and even got into a late scrap with Neal Prokop. Brayden Low and Adam Smith both played more minutes and looked more comfortable as well. I didn’t see Smith’s elbow that he was assessed a major penalty for, but I’ll look at the archive later on today.
It was good to be on 95.5 The Game last night and we will be on there again tomorrow night against the Seattle Thunderbirds at 7:40 with the pregame show.