Tri-City’s Dylan Coghlan scored his second goal of the game 1:14 into overtime to lift the Tri-City Americans to a 5-4 comeback win over the Spokane Chiefs on Saturday night in Kennewick. The loss snapped the Chiefs’ season high four-game winning streak and ended Spokane’s three-game overtime win streak against the Americans this season. Tri-City now leads the 12-game season series 4-3 and are just one point back of the Chiefs for fourth place in the U.S. Division.
Spokane jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first period on Jaret Anderson-Dolan’s team leading 25th goal of the year early in the stanza. The Chiefs would expand the margin to 2-0 on Ethan McIndoe’s 15th goal of season just 1:15 into the second period. Kailer Yamamoto picked up an assist to extend his points scoring streak to nine-straight, although his four-game goal scoring streak came to an end. Coghlan would cut the margin to 2-1 on a power play goal, on Tri-City’s only man advantage of the night, at 2:43. The Chiefs answered right back as Ty Smith, in his first game back from the CHL’s Top Prospects Game, scored his 7th of the season at 3:46 to make it 3-1. Spokane then went up 4-1 on Zach Fischer’s 22nd of the year at 4:39 to seemingly take control of the game.
Tri-City would bounce back with two goals midway through the second to climb back into the game, trailing by just 4-3 after two. The Americans seemingly tied the game at 12:15 of the third on a goal from Jordan Topping, but the marker was waved off after video review determined the net had been knocked free before the puck crossed the goal line. Tri-City would eventually force overtime as Michael Rasmussen, in his first game back from injury in six weeks, tipped a Coghlan shot in with one minute left in regulation to force overtime.
The Chiefs outshot Tri City 37-31 in the game, going 0-for-2 on the power play and 0-for-1 on the penalty kill. Spokane now has a one point lead over Tri-City for 4th place in the U.S. Division, although the Americans have two games in hand. The Chiefs will play game 3 of their 7-game road trip in Everett Sunday afternoon at 4:05 p.m. Mike Boyle will have the call on 1510 KGA starting with the pre-game show at 3:30 p.m.