KENNEWICK, WA -- Killing the power play is a weakness for the Tri-City Americans this season. It was evident in Saturday's 7-2 loss to Spokane.
In four games, the Am's rank near the bottom of the Western Hockey League at killing the power play. The Americans have allowed eight goals in 25 chances. Four of those came Saturday against Spokane. It's uncharacteristic for Tri-City. In five of the past 10 years, the Americans have ranked in the top 10.
"We got twelve penalties last game and we shouldn't even start with that. So it's just some bounces aren't going our way. I think once the season keeps on going and we get comfortable with our systems you'll see improvement," said Connor Rankin, Americans center.
"Every good team loses. They aren't going to change up how they play. You know sometimes we get beat on the penalty kill doesn't mean we're a bad penalty kill. So I think we can - I think if we just keep working it will go back to being good," said Marcus Messier, Americans center.