Tri-City Americans Try to Clean Up the Dirty Goals
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Tri-City Americans have skated perfectly so far this season against Kelowna. They are undefeated against the Rockets.
Friday night, the Ams hoping to keep that streak going and use what they learned in their opening playoff series against Chilliwack.
One thing they know: The Ams need to clean up the dirty goals they allowed against the Bruins.
The Ams say they need to dominate in front of their own net, just like they did against Chilliwack in Game 6. They want their defenseman to limit rebound shots as much as possible. The Ams talked about their improvement in Game 6 and what they need to do moving forward.
"Just control my rebounds a little better," said Ams Goaltender Drew Owsley. "Just try and jump on those loose pucks in front of the net. I think my D-men are doing a better job boxing out."
We were really strong in front," said Head Coach Jim Hiller. "You didn't see those scramble goals going in the net and that helps 'Owls'. There's not much he can do there. He's got to stop it once it gets to him but when it's in front of our net we got to be strong."
Ams and Kelowna in Game 1 of their WHL Semi-Final Series Friday night at 7:05pm at the Toyota Center.