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Chiefs hold on to beat Tri-City in final pre-season game, 3-2

Larry Brunt

Kennewick, Wash. – The Spokane Chiefs ended their six-game pre-season slate on a high note Saturday night, as they skated to a 3-2 victory over the Tri-City Americans. The Chiefs completed exhibition play with four wins, three of which came against the Americans.

About halfway through the first period, veteran forward Brandon Reller put the Chiefs on the board first, with an assist from rookie Michael Cicek. The Ams quickly put themselves back in it though, thanks to an unassisted goal from Jake Sloan.

Rookie right wing Kooper Gizowski netted the only goal of the second period, with help from Erik Atchison and Brayden Crampton, pushing the Chiefs’ lead to 2-1.

Spokane’s third and final goal of the night came on an empty-netter from Cordel Larson (assist – Blake Swetlikoff), which gave the Chiefs some insurance when Sloan scored again for Tri-City with just 30 seconds left in the game.

Spokane outshot Tri-City, 35-29 and Mason Beaupit was a wall in the net, denying 27 of 29 shots from the Ams. There were 11 power plays throughout the game (5 for SPO, 6 for TC), but neither team was able to capitalize on them.

The Chiefs will kick off the regular season at home on Saturday, October 2 when they face the Tri-City Americans at 7:05 p.m. PT.

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.

The Chiefs’ 2021-22 regular season will begin on Saturday, October 2 as they host the Tri-City Americans at Spokane Arena. Tickets for Bud Light Opening Night and all regular season games are available online at spokanechiefs.com/tickets.

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