KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Tri-City Americans left in style Thursday morning, leaving on a jet plane to hostile territory in Calgary.
The Ams making this trip possible with Wednesday night's 4-2 beating of the Hitmen.
Goaltender Alex Pechurskiy and the Americans making sure the team has at least one more chance to dance.
But it will be a test, in front of 15,000 screaming Calgary fans Friday night.
But the Ams are keeping the faith.
"We felt confident the whole way," said Ams Head Coach Jim Hiller. "We hadn't got a lot of bounces. We talked about that. We weren't trying to make excuses. We really felt that way and now we're back in it. We can't wait to go."
"We know that they're fans are crazy and they get into it," said Ams Forward Mason Wilgosh. "They feed off their energy. But, no one's going to rolll over and die. So, we just got to come out and play our game, stick to our game plane and it should work out."