A late third period rally by the Spokane Chiefs fell short Saturday night as the Tri City Americans edged Spokane 2-1 in game 2 of their Western Conference semi-final series. The series is now tied at 1-1 as the series heads to Spokane for games 3 and 4.
Tri Cities Adam Hughesman got the scoring started with a goal at 13:21 of the first period with a shot from the right circle. Spokane was 0-3 on the power play in the first as Tri City outshot Spokane 11-7 in the period. Neither team scored in the second as Chiefs goalie Eric Williams turned aside all 14 Tri City shots in the period. The Americans had the only two power plays in the second, going 0-2.
Tri would extend the lead to 2-0 just 4:01 into the third period when Justin Feser converted a Mitch Topping pass netfront. Spokane would get on the board on a 6-4 advantage at the 18:35 mark when Mitch Holmberg scored on the power play from the left circle while the Chiefs net was also empty. Holmberg’s team high 8th goal of the playoffs was assisted by Blake Gal and Dylan Walchuk.
The Chiefs then pulled Williams in the final 25 seconds to get the extra attacker on again, and it looked like it paid off when defenseman Corey Baldwin scored before the horn to end the game. After a video review, the replay showed the puck crossed the goal line just a fraction of a section after the clock hit zero. The Chiefs outshot the Americans 10-8 in the third, but Tri outshot Spokane 33-24 overall in the contest.
Spokane will host Tri City in game three Wednesday night at 7:05pm at the Spokane Arena. Mike Boyle will have the call on 1510 KGA beginning with the pre-game show at 6:30pm.