SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs fell short in their home opener against the Tri-City Americans on Saturday night, losing 3-0 in front of 8,122 at Spokane Arena.
After a scoreless first period, the Americans took advantage of a Spokane penalty when overage defenseman Dom Schmiemann connected at 6:41 in the second, finding a loose puck on left side to beat goaltender Lukas Parik. Tri-City padded their lead with their second power play goal of the period at 18:40 when Samuel Huo picked up his third of the season, putting the Ams ahead 2-0 headed into the final period.
The Chiefs continued to put shots on goal throughout the third period — they finished the game with a 38-23 edge in shots on goal — but failed to find the back of the net. Tri-City managed to add an insurance goal marker at 3:10.
Parik finished with 20 saves for Spokane while Tri-City’s Beck Warm was a perfect 38-for-38, earning first star honors. The Chiefs went 0-for-4 on the power play and 2-for-4 on the penalty kill.
The loss was the first by Spokane against Tri-City in a home opener since 2006; the Chiefs had won nine-straight.
The Chiefs will play three games in three nights next weekend — all against U.S. Division opponents — beginning Friday versus Seattle at Spokane Arena.
The Chiefs return to their home ice on Friday, October 4 for Numerica Magnet Schedule Giveaway against the Seattle Thunderbirds. The first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a Spokane Chiefs Magnet Schedule courtesy of Numerica Credit Union!
Tickets for next Friday 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.