KENNEWICK, Wash. – The Spokane Chiefs dropped their third-straight game as the Tri City Americans scored three goals in the first four-and-a-half minutes of the game on their way to an 8-3 victory Saturday night in Kennewick. The Chiefs have now lost 6-of-7 meetings to the Americans this season.
Tri City scored on their first three shots of the game to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Jaret Anderson-Dolan got the Chiefs on the scoreboard with his 24th of the year from Taylor Ross and Hudson Elynuik at 5:59 to cut the lead to 3-1. Tri-City would score their fourth goal of the period on their fifth shot to take a 4-1 lead after one. The Chiefs out shot Tri-City 10-6 in the first, but went 0-for-3 on the power play.
Spokane would cut the lead to 4-2 when Elynuik scored on a breakaway for his 18th of the season nine minutes into the second period. Tri-City’s Jordan Topping scored on a 4-on -4 to give the Americans a 5-2 lead, but Spokane countered when Eli Zummack scored his 5th goal in his last 7 games at 16:44 to make it 5-3 Tri-City after two periods. In the third, the Americans would score three goals on just five shots to blow the game open as they matched their biggest win over Spokane this season. The Chiefs outshot Tri-City 38-23, but went 0-for-4 on the power play in the contest.
The Chiefs are now five points back of Portland for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Spokane will return home to open a three-game homestand on Friday, February 3 when they host the Medicine Hat Tigers. Mike Boyle will have the call on 1510 KGA starting with the pre-game show at 6:30 p.m.
Friday is Shriners Hospitals For Children Spokane Growth Chart Giveaway Night at Spokane Arena as the first 1,000 children 12 and under will receive a life size growth chart poster.
Tickets for Friday as well as Saturday’s Coca-Cola Replica Locker Giveaway Night are available in-person at the Chiefs’ Ticket Office, over-the-phone at 509-535-PUCK and online at ticketswest.com and spokanechiefs.com.