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Americans Return Home

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Kennewick, Wash--

   On Saturday morning the Americans arrived back into town from Calgary at around 8:30am.   

   The trip back home was a somber one, because the night before the Ams were eliminated from the playoffs with a 4 to 1 loss to the Hitmen in game five of the WHL Championship series.  Tri City fell four games to one in its final playoff tussle of the season.

    The series ending loss did not stop the Americans fans from showing their support.  Clearly happy with another terrific season for Tri City, which included a third straight US Division crown, and the franchises first ever Western Conference Championship.

    The players and coaches themselves were very appreciative of their support.

    Head Coach Jim Hiller said, "It's not surprising and it is at the same time.  Cause you wonder who would take the time to do that.  It's not when you've been apart of a team all year and seen the great support that we've received."

    Defenseman Tyler Schmidt added, "It shows how much our fans really care about us.  How much impact I guess we've had on the community... All the people around us here in Tri Cities."    

    Goaltender Drew Owsley said, "Yea it always nice to see the fans out there.  I mean you know their great all year for us.  I mean it shows a lot of character for them to come out there this morning and you know and welcome us home."

   Hiller added, "Well I thought it ended to soon for us I really did.  I thought we played better even in the game last night was probably our best game of the series.  And so I thought we were getting stronger after a slow start.  This seems like its too soon to end, cause we didn't reach our ultimate goal."