Special teams struggles continue, Chiefs fall to Ams 6-2

John Keller

Kennewick, Wash. – The Spokane Chiefs lost to the rival Tri-City Americans on the road Saturday night, 6-2.

The Americans controlled the first two periods of the game after opening the scoring at 10:47 in the first on a power play goal by Lukas Dragicevic. They piled on four more goals in the middle frame – first by Deagan McMillan, then a power play goal by Jalen Lumpen, then Dragicevic, and finally Ethan Ernst on another man advantage.

The Chiefs went into the third period down 5-0 before Carter Streek added a power play goal of his own at 1:26 with help from Mac Gross and Jake Gudelj.

Spokane showed some spark about halfway through the frame when Kooper Gizowski fired a rocket from the left wing that was tipped in by a net-front Grady Lane to make it 5-2. Gross earned his second assist of the night on the play.

But the Americans shut down any other opportunities the Chiefs had throughout the rest of the third period, and even tacked on an empty netter at 18:43 to seal the deal at 6-2.

Spokane special teams struggled throughout the night, going 2-for-7 on the power play and 1-for-4 on the penalty kill. They outshot Tri-City 36-27.

Dawson Cowan started in net and turned away 21-of-26 shots faced.

Up next, the Chiefs will travel to Portland to take on the Winterhawks Sunday at 5:00 p.m.

The Chiefs’ next home game is Friday, February 3 versus the Swift Current Broncos. It’s an Avista “Way to Save” poster series giveaway! Tickets for February 3 and all regular season games are available online at

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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