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Comeback Bid Falls Short as Chiefs Fall 7-5 to Americans

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KENNEWICK, Wash. — After falling behind 5-0, the Spokane Chiefs comeback attempt came up just short Saturday night as they fell to the Tri-City Americans 7-5.

After falling behind 2-0 in the first period, the Americans opened the second period with an impressive offensive push, scoring three goals–including two short-handed goals–within the first 3:03 of the frame and extending the lead to 5-0. The Chiefs’ offense finally broke the seal on the scoring at 18:18 with a goal by Nolan Reid. Just 32 seconds later, Michael King flipped a backhanded shot home for his second goal of the season to cut the lead to 5-2 Tri-City heading into the final intermission. 

The Americans added a goal at 1:41 of the third period to go up 6-2, but the Chiefs offense came storming back as Ethan McIndoe made it 6-3 with a goal a 4:43. Adam Beckman added a score nearly five minutes later at the 9:14 mark to cut the Americans’ lead to just two. Beckman added a second goal at 15:08 to cut the Americans’ lead to just one at 6-5. Tri-City’s Kyle Olson sealed the victory for the Americans with an empty netter at 19:56, securing a hat trick along with the win.

Beckman ended the night with 3PTS (2G, 1A) and rookie forward Cordel Larson had two assists in the game as he picked up his first career multi-point game.

Goaltending duties were split for the Chiefs tonight as starter Bailey Brkin was 9-of-14 in the net before being replaced with Reece Klassen, who was 6-for-7 stopping Americans shots. Tri-City’s Beck Warm stopped 45 of 50 Chiefs shots. The Chiefs went 0-for-6 on the power play on the night while the Americans were 1-for-2.

The Chiefs are back on their home ice Friday, February 22 as they take on the Kelowna Rockets. It will be Shriners Hospitals for Children School Night & Lunchbag Giveaway with the first 1,000 Chiefs fans 12 & under in attendance receiving a Spokane Chiefs lunchbag! 

Tickets for all Chiefs home games are available online, over the phone at 509-535-PUCK and in-person at the Chiefs’ Ticket Office.

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