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Chiefs cap pre-season with 3-2 overtime win against Americans

Larry Brunt

Kennewick, Wash. – The Spokane Chiefs wrapped up their pre-season slate with a 3-2 overtime win against the rival Tri-City Americans Sunday afternoon.

The Americans were first on the board with a goal from Jordan Gavin just over halfway through the first period.

Spokane picked up their first goal of the game as defenseman Brayden Crampton found the net with help from Ben Bonni and Kooper Gizowski at 16:56 in the second period.

Tri-City scored their second goal in the third period, but the Chiefs were quick to answer as Saige Weinstein picked up his seventh point of the pre-season on a game-tying goal at 14:42. Crampton and Jake Gudelj earned assists on the play.

Spokane was quick to finish the job in the overtime frame, as Kooper Gizowski potted his second goal of the pre-season to seal the 3-2 victory. Rookie Tommaso De Luca and Ty Cheveldayoff picked up assists on the play, their fifth and fourth pre-season points respectively.

Rookie netminder Cooper Michaluk played the full 60 minutes plus overtime for the Chiefs and was a wall, turning aside 29-of-31 shots faced.

The Chiefs were slow to get their momentum going, but ended up outshooting the Americans 47-31. Spokane went 1-for-4 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.

Up next, the Chiefs will kick off the regular season on the road in Victoria with a pair of games Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24.

The Chiefs’ 2022-23 regular season will begin on Friday, September 23 as they visit the Victoria Royals before hosting the Kamloops Blazers in their home opener at Spokane Arena on Saturday, October 1. Ticket packages for the 2022-23 season are available now! For more information, visit spokanechiefs.com or call a ticket account executive at 509-535-PUCK.

The Spokane Chiefs are a member of the U.S. Division of the Western Hockey league, the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players. Since 1985 the Chiefs have been a pillar in the Spokane community, offering family-friendly entertainment and a winning tradition which includes: two Memorial Cup Championships in 1991 & 2008, two WHL Championships in 1991 & 2008 and four Western Conference Championships in 1991, 1996, 2000 & 2008. Over 60 alumni have gone on to play in the National Hockey League.

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