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Not Even Close: Tri-City Americans and Portland Rivalry

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- When Portland and Tri-City face off, there's typically little drama. 5 of the 7 games between the Ams and Winterhawks have been decided by 3 or more goals. Portland took the most recent lobsided bout, 8-2 last Saturday.

There's no rhyme or reason that 2 of the Western Conference's Elites cannot play a competitve game. They just don't.

Come Friday night when the 2 meet again in the Winterhawk's Barn, maybe, just maybe, the 2 will go toe-to-toe.

"I don't know [why the games aren't close]," said Ams Forward Adam Hughesman. "If I had an answer, I'd probably tell Jim [Hiller] but I don't know. But, I think that coming down the stretch we're going to have some tight games with them."

"It's going to be a completely different game, I can assure you of that," said Forward Brendan Shinnimin. "It was just a matter of competing last time and we didn't compete at the level we needed to."

"We have to go back in there and assert ourselves and do what we do," said Ams Head Coach Jim Hiller. "I think we reacted a little bit to their game [last Saturday] and so hopefully, lesson learned."