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Hole in ice finally fixed at Toyota Center

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KENNEWICK, Wash., --  The Americans will be hitting the ice Tuesday night against the Seattle Thunder Birds after staff at the Toyota Center was finally able to fix the leak on the ice.

The problems began on December 10th, when staff noticed an area of the ice kept melting.  It got more severe on New Years Eve and the AMS had to cancel their game against Spokane.  They fixed it but then the problem persisted.
Corey Pearson, the Executive Director of the Three Rivers Campus says there was a leaky pipe underneath the ice and it kept leaking out salt water which would perpetually melt the ice.

"It looked like everything was ok and then yesterday after putting it through the paces again, it started to fail. So we tore it out last night, and then found the leak in the floor, and were able to patch that up last night and started making ice again at eight o'clock.  So by five o'clock this morning we had a usable surface again," says Pearson.

The game against Spokane was rescheduled for February 21, President's Day.