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Ever since the Americans fell to Kelowna in the Western Conference semi-finals a year ago, they've been out for revenge. In the regular season, they've gotten the job done winning all four games, by a total of 20 to 5.
Now it's the playoffs and the Ams just need four more wins to complete the pay back. The plan to erase last year's painful playoff series loss to the Rockets involves team speed. In fact, the Americans have been using it all year to light the lamp 272 times. Third best in the WHL. In order to beat Kelowna, more speed will be required.
Head coach Jim Hiller said, "It's been proven. We've scored a lot of goals, and we make it tough on other teams. Particularly their defensemen when we are using our speed."
Kruise Reddick who already has registered 8 points in the 2010 postseason added, "Yeah for sure. If they can't catch us, they can't hit us. So we just use our speed, and we'll be alright."
Ams Captain Jarrett Toll said, "We have some of the fastest forwards in the league. So driving wide is huge. We can catch some of the bigger, slower defensemen, that's what we're going to do. Drive wide and get shots."
Hiller added, "I really believe it's been our strength all year, and now we know it more than ever. That's where we win hockey games, with tenacity and our team speed in the offensive zone. So I think that's a real clear path for us. That's the way we are going to play the rest of the way."
Another distinct advantage for the Americans besides speeds are the home fans. Tri City boasts the second best record at home in the league.
Game 1 of Tri City vs. Kelowna begins Friday night at the Toyota Center. Puck drops at 7:05 PM.