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Chiefs Lose New Year’s Battle at Tri City, 6-1

Larry Brunt

KENNEWICK, Wash. — The Tri-City Americans scored three short-handed goals as they handed the Spokane Chiefs a 6-1 loss in the two clubs’ annual New Year’s Eve contest on Monday in Kennewick. With the loss, Spokane fell three points back of Portland for second in the U.S. Division and are four points ahead of Tri City for third.

The Americans jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals just 44 seconds apart midway through the first period. Kyle Olson capped a three-goal first for the Americans as they took a three-goal advantage after one. Parker AuCoin extended the lead to 5-0 after two with back-to-back short-handed markers in the second period. Tri-City capped their scoring with their third-straight short handed goal late in the third.

Spokane averted being shut out for the second time this season as Jake McGrew scored his second goal against Tri-City in as many games – his 12th of the year – with 30 seconds left to get Spokane on the board.

Tri-City outshot Spokane 35-22 as each team went 0-for-5 on the power play. Bailey Brkin started the game, saving 19 of 24 shots, while rookie Campbell Arnold turned away 10 of the 11 shots he faced in relief. Tri-City has won 3-of-4 from the Chiefs in their 12-game regular season series.

The Chiefs return to Spokane Arena on Friday, January 4 to host the Kamloops Blazers on Princess & Superhero Night. Tickets for that game and all Chiefs home games are available at the Chiefs’  Ticket Office at Spokane Arena, over the phone at 509-535-PUCK and online here.

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