SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane Chiefs battled back from a two-goal deficit in the third period to take a late lead, but a Tri-City goal with just seconds left in regulation led to an overtime loss for Spokane for the third game in a row, 5-4. Kailer Yamamoto led the Chiefs with two goals, bringing his season total to a team-leading 13.
The Americans got on the board late in the first period with a power play goal by Morgan Geekie, taking advantage of a third rebound opportunity to get it past Chiefs’ goaltender Dawson Weatherill.
Forward Taylor Ross scored his first of the season to tie it for the Chiefs while shorthanded at the 7:00 mark of the second period. Keanu Yamamoto earned the assist with a cross-ice pass on the 2-on-1 opportunity.
Tri-City stormed back with two goals, including Michael Rasmussen’s WHL-leading 15th of the season just 23 seconds after the Ross score. Dylan Coghlan put the Americans up 3-1 just past the midway mark with the visitors’ second power play goal of the night as he fired a knuckling one-timer through traffic to find the net.
Kailer Yamamoto began to turn the tide in Spokane’s favor with two goals just 1:18 apart from each other, beginning with a 4-on-4 score just after a faceoff at the 2:49 mark of the third period. He followed that by sliding a backhand shot through starting goalie Evan Sarthou’s legs to send the Spokane Arena crowd of 8,278 out of their seats.
It looked like it was all Spokane as Keanu Yamamoto punched in his fifth goal of the season in off a centering feed from Hudson Elynuik at the 13:58 mark to give the Chiefs their first lead of the game.
Unfortunately for the home fans, the rival Americans used all sixty minutes of regulation, scoring with only six seconds left as Vladislav Lukin took advantage of a Kyle Olson feed from behind the net to tie the game at 4-4.
Defenseman Juuso Valimaki, who earned assists on two of Tri-City’s first four goals, took advantage of a 2-on-1 opportunity in the 3-on-3 overtime period to score the game-winner. It was
Valimaki’s third goal of the season with Geekie earning his third point of the night on the play.
The Chiefs outshot the Americans 40-25. They were 0-for-4 on the power play and 2-for-5 on the penalty kill.
Kailer Yamamoto pushed his season point total to 26, good for sole possession of third place in the WHL, two points behind the league leader.
Spokane looks to get back in the win column next Saturday, November 12, as they host the Everett Silvertips at Spokane Arena. It will be Itron Team Poster Giveaway Night & Post-Game Autograph Session as the first 5,000 fans through the gate will get a full-team poster courtesy of Itron.