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Americans look to bunker down on Defense

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Zero wins and two loses was not the way the Tri-City Americans wanted to open the season. Over their first two games the Ams gave up nine goals, including an empty netter. Now the Ams will focus on limiting penalties and mental mistakes for Thursday's game against the Everett Silvertips. Tri-City says the goals allowed are a team defense issue.

"Cover the D-zone. It's we can be giving up goals we don't have, Brandon Shinnimin or [Adam Hughesman]  anymore to score four goals a game. we're gonna need to win some more 3-2 games, 2-1 games and stuff like that," said Tyson Dallman, Tri-City Forward.

"It's always a team issue as well as we were, you know we gave up the least amount of goals in the whole league last year and that wasn't just based on our goal tenders. it's team defense, just like basketball, you can't stop anybody with one player not on board, so that's a team issue at all times," said Tri-City Head Coach Jim Hiller.