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Big Second Period Delivers Chiefs 3-1 Win Over Americans

Larry Brunt

KENNWEICK, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs used a three-goal second period Saturday night as they topped the Tri-City Americans 3-1.

After falling behind 1-0 less than 90 seconds into the game, the defense clamped down, holding the Ams scoreless for the remaining 58:29. Forwards Erik Atchison and Bear Hughes each checked in with goals during the second period, as well as d-man Noah King in his first game back from NHL Camp with the New Jersey Devils. Connor Gabruch recorded assists on the goals by Atchison and King. 

Goaltender Campbell Arnold was impressive again, saving 23-of-24 shots and is now second in the WHL Preseason in saves with 111 through five games.

The Chiefs took advantage of their power play chances in the game, converting 3-of-6 while the Americans went 0-for-5. Tri-City goalie Mason Dunsford ended the night 29-of-32.

The Chiefs finish the 2019 WHL Preseason with a record of 1-4-0-1 but remained competitive throughout the preseason, losing five games by a combined eight goals; particularly impressive considering they played much of the preseason with many significant returners away at NHL Camps.

The Chiefs open their home schedule with Bud Light Opening Night & Pre-Game Party on Saturday, Sept. 28 versus the Tri-City Americans! The party starts outside the main entrance to Spokane Arena at 4 p.m. with music, food and drinks. Arrive early to see the team “walk the red carpet” and sign autographs to kick off the season.

Tickets for Bud Light Opening Night and all Chiefs home games are available online at spokanechiefs.com and via the Chiefs’ Ticket Office, over the phone at 509-535-PUCK or in-person at Spokane Arena.

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