KENNEWICK, Wash. – The Spokane Chiefs never trailed on Friday night in Kennewick, eventually putting away the Tri-City Americans 3-2 in overtime on a Kailer Yamamoto goal. The win pushed the Chiefs to 3-3-0-0 for the preseason with Saturday’s 2 p.m. rematch against the Americans as the only game left in the exhibition slate
Second-year forward Hayden Ostir opened the scoring for the Chiefs, putting Spokane up 1-0 at the 7:54 mark of the first period. Czech forward Pavel Kousal and veteran defenseman Evan Fiala earned assists on the play.
Spokane pushed their lead to 2-0 with a goal from Calgary native Jaret Anderson-Dolan four minutes later in the first. Fiala earned his second assist of the night on the play, along with 1999-born forward Ethan McIndoe.
The Americans stormed back with goals from Morgan Geekie and Vladislav Lukin at 19:31 of the first and 15:29 of the second, respectively.
After a scoreless third period, Yamamoto potted his second goal of the preseason just 41 seconds into the extra frame to earn Spokane the victory.
Matt Berlin started for the Chiefs in goal and stopped 8 of 9 shots faced. Donovan Buskey subbed in midway through the second period and turned aside 9 of 10 sent his way. The Americans started Nicholas Sanders in goal, who went 28-for-31 in the full 60:41.
Spokane was 0-for-4 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.
The Chiefs close out their preseason schedule with a quick rematch on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Spokane Arena. Tickets are on sale now for $10 via the Chiefs’ Ticket Office and online at ticketswest.com.
The Spokane Chiefs open the 2016-17 regular season on the road on September 24 before kicking off the home schedule with Bud Light Opening Night & Pre-Game Party on Saturday, October 1 versus the Tri-City Americans at Spokane Arena. Ticket packages are on sale now and start as low as $70. For more information, stop by the Chiefs’ Ticket Office in-person on the southeast corner of Spokane Arena, call 509-535-PUCK or click here. For single game tickets, click here.