SPOKANE, Wash. – Tri-City captain Tyler Sandhu scored a hat trick and added an assist, leading the way as the Americans defeated the hosting Spokane Chiefs 5-1 on Saturday night at Spokane Arena. Kailer Yamamoto scored a goal in his third-straight game for the Chiefs’ only tally.
Spokane forward Jaret Anderson-Dolan extended his point streak to five games with a crafty spinning backhand pass to Yamamoto on the doorstep to get the scoring underway at the 10:58 mark of the first period. The goal was Yamamoto’s team-leading 35th of the season.
Tri-City responded just under four minutes later as Sandhu capitalized on a rebound opportunity created by a Jordan Topping shot to beat starting Spokane goaltender Jayden Sittler and tie the game.
Sandhu scored his second of the night on a 2-on-1 chance midway through the second period, firing the puck into the open net while being tripped up from behind, with assists awarded to Morgan Geekie and Juuso Valimaki.
The game remained 2-1 until the 9:55 mark of the third period, when Topping used his long reach to corral a cross-ice pass in the right circle before snapping it in for his 22nd of the season.
The Americans added extra insurance at the with 7:15 left as Sandhu completed the hat trick, batting a wobbling puck out of mid-air to make it 4-1, with Geekie earning the lone assist. Topping added his 23rd of the year on an empty net with only 30 seconds left.
The win was Tri-City’s seventh in a row. Spokane dropped to 25-26-6-3, nine points behind Portland for the second and final wild card position in the WHL Playoffs.
Spokane remains home on Sunday night to host the Kelowna Rockets at 5:05 p.m. It will be Dairy For Life Night at the Arena, with special Chiefs memorabilia prize raffles on the main concourse with proceeds benefiting the Dairy For Life fund.