KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The cards seem to be stacked against the Tri-City Americans going into the Ams series with Spokane, which starts Saturday.
The Chiefs have home ice advantage and won the season series 7 games to 5.
But the Ams finally have their offensive attack back at full strength after a number of their forwards returned from injury.
Plus, Tri-City won the last match-up between the two teams. The series has current and former Americans excited for faceoff.
"I'm already getting excited and nervous for it," said Ams Captain Kruise Reddick. "It's funny, I talked to [former American Captain] Taylor Procyshen the other day and said he would do anything to be playing in this series right now. It's something you have to be proud of and you just have to enjoy the moment."
"This is what junior hockey is all about," said Ams General Manager Bob Tory. "These kids will remember this for the rest of their lives. These special moments are why you play, the end result is important but the journey is just as important as far as the formation of character and life skills and becoming a man."