Yamamoto’s Completes Hat Trick To Force OT But Chiefs Fall, 5-4
KENNEWICK, Wash. – Morgan Geekie’s second goal of the night 28 seconds into overtime lifted the Tri-City Americans to a 5-4 win over the Spokane Chiefs Friday night in Kennewick. The loss extended Spokane’s season-long losing streak to eight straight while Tri-City snapped a five-game losing skid with the victory. Kailer Yamamoto tied the game and forced overtime for Spokane with two goals in the final 1:02 of regulation. He finished with a hat trick.
The Americans took a 1-0 lead after one as Vladislav Lukin scored with just 24 seconds remaining in the period. Spokane would even the game at one when Yamamoto scored on a rebound of his own shot on the power play at 16:52 of the second period. Yamamoto’s 40th goal of the year was assisted by Hudson Elynuik and Ty Smith and sent the game to the third tied at one.
Tri-City would score two goals in the first 8:31 of the third period to take a 3-1 lead. Elynuik would cut the lead to 3-2 with his 28th goal of the season on the power play at 12:28 on assists from Keanu Yamamoto and Jaret Anderson-Dolan. Geekie scored his first of the night at 15:13 of the third to seemingly put the game away for Tri-City as they took a 4-2 lead.
Yamamoto then rallied the Chiefs as he scored his second of the night with just 1:02 remaining from Elynuik to bring Spokane within one. The Chiefs then pulled goalie Jayden Sittler in the final minute and the move paid off as Yamamoto scored again with 35 seconds remaining to tie the game at four. Tri-City would thwart the comeback, however, as Geekie scored his second of the game on an odd man rush to give the Americans their second overtime win over the Chiefs this season.
NOTES: The hat trick was the second of Yamamoto’s career and first since the 2014-15 season (Dec. 28, 2014 at Portland).
The Chiefs return to Spokane Arena on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. for Coeur d’Alene Casino Regular Season Finale as it will be their final home game of the 2016-17 season. The game will be televised live on SWX (in Spokane on Comcast channel 112 or over-the-air channel 6.2) beginning at 7 p.m. Mike Boyle will have the radio call on 1510 KGA NW Sports Talk beginning with the pre-game show at 6:30.
Tickets for Saturday night are available in-person at the Chiefs’ Ticket Office, over the phone at 509-535-PUCK or online at ticketswest.com or spokanechiefs.com.