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The Tri-City Americans faced a pair of the WHL's best teams in Seattle and Brandon last week and lost close games. The streak continued Saturday in a 5-4 home loss to last-place Portland.
The Tri-City Americans finished a successful preseason with a two-game sweep of rival Spokane last weekend. Now comes the hard part: deciding who will stay and who gets re-assigned before Saturday's regular-season opener against the Chiefs.