KENNEWICK, Wash. - As the Americans get ready for the conference finals with Spokane, they know they can rely on goalie Chet Pickard. Pickard stops 93 percent of his shots, and has won 13 of his last 14 games in net. He has pitched a shutout in two of his last four games, including the Game 5 clincher over Seattle in the Conference Semifinals.
Pickard says eh has a lot of help. "Shutouts are part of the team game," he said. "You need all 20 guys in front of you to play well to get a shutout. I got a lot of lucky bounces in the last seconds of the last game to preserve my shutout. In the playoffs it's more about the win. If you get a shutout it's just an added bonus." Game one of the Conference
Series Schedule #1 - Spokane @ Tri-City; Friday, April 18 (7:05pm) #2 - Spokane @ Tri-City; Sunday, April 20 (5:05pm) #3 - Tri-City @ Spokane; Monday, April 21 (7:00pm) #4 - Tri-City @ Spokane; Tuesday, April 22 (7:00pm) #5 - Spokane @ Tri-City: Saturday, April 26 (7:35pm) If Necessary #6 - Tri-City @ Spokane; Monday, April 28 (7:00pm) If Necessary #7 - Spokane @ Tri-City; Tuesday, April 29 (7:05pm) If Necessary