KENNEWICK, Wash. – Ty Smith scored the game winning goal 3:27 into overtime to lift the Spokane Chiefs to a 4-3 victory over the Tri-City Americans on Saturday night in Kennewick. It was the Chiefs’ first win at Tri-City since the 2015-16 season and kept Spokane in second place in the U.S. Division.
Spokane goalie Declan Hobbs started his first game in goal for Spokane but Tri City would take the early lead on a Dylan Coughlin goal just over 12 minutes in. The Chiefs responded at 14:26 of the period as Hudson Elynuik put a pass to the tape of an open Riley Woods at the far post. Woods’ tap-in was his 11th goal of the year and tied the game at one. Tri-City would capitalize on their only power play of the first as Michael Rasmussen scored net front in the final minute of the period to give the Americans a 2-1 lead after one.
Tri-City would expand the lead on a Jordan Topping goal off the faceoff just over five minutes into the second period to go up 3-1. Spokane would bounce right back as Ethan McIndoe scored on a rebound of his own shot midway through the period to cut the lead to 3-2 after two. The Chiefs would then convert their fifth power play of the game early in the third as McIndoe scored his second of the night 1:04 into the period to tie the game at three. It marked the second time in his last three games that McIndoe has a earned multi-goal night after a two-goal performance against Saskatoon on Wednesday.
Despite putting up 17 shots in the third – and 46 through 3 periods – the Chiefs couldn’t find the net again in the third as the two teams went to overtime for the second-straight game. Unlike the shootout loss at home on November 4, the Chiefs would earn the two points as Kailer Yamamoto found an open Smith to slam home his second career overtime winner to give the Chiefs their first win in three meetings with their division rivals this season.
Spokane is now eight points back of division leading Portland in second place. The Chiefs lead Everett by one and Tri-City by two points in a tightly packed division.
The Chiefs will be back in action when they travel to Everett Friday night at 7:35 p.m. Mike Boyle will have the call on 1510 KGA, starting with the pre-game show at 7 p.m.