Kennewick, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs turned in a dominant showing Saturday night as they visited the Tri-City Americans and came away with a 7-2 win. The Chiefs’ offensive outpouring was fueled by a four point effort from Luke Toporowski and a pair of goals by overage forward Leif Mattson.
After successfully killing off a Tri-City penalty earlier in the frame, Spokane converted their first power play chance of the game with a Brad Ginnell goal at 16:54. The Americans managed to tie things with just 1.1 seconds left on the clock as Jayden Platz connected to make it 1-1. The Chiefs dominated the shots on goal throughout the duration of the opening period, leading 20-5 at the break.
An action-packed second period that featured four combined scores in just over two minutes left the Chiefs holding a 4-2 lead that held for the remainder of the frame. With the Americans on the power play, Mattson found the net at 3:25 and was followed by a Toporowski marker at 4:05 that gave Spokane two short-handed goals on the same Tri-City power play. After Sasha Mutala cut the lead to 3-2, Mattson added a second score on the night–this one coming on a Chiefs power play–at 5:38.
Spokane entered the third period looking to add on, and Michael King did just that 3:13 in, giving the team their first even strength goal of the night. Bear Hughes got in on the action at 8:47 when a Ty Smith shot on net deflected off Hughes and home to make it 6-2. The Chiefs’ final score of the night came at 12:59 when rookie forward Owen MacNeil notched his first career WHL goal, punctuating Spokane’s 7-2 victory over the rival Tri-City Americans.
James Porter Jr. received the start in net for Spokane and was 17-of-19 between the pipes. Tri-City tabbed Ronin Geraghty for duty and he ended the night 41-of-48. The Chiefs were a perfect 3-for-3 on the power play while the Americans went 0-f0r-2.
The Chiefs continue their four-game road trip Sunday, January 26 at Everett and return home on Saturday, February 1 when they take on the Kelowna Rockets for Numerica Boomer the Bear Piggy Bank Giveaway. The first 2,000 fans through the gates receive a Boomer the Bear Piggy Bank courtesy of Numerica Credit Union.
Tickets for all Chiefs home games are available online at spokanechiefs.com and via the Chiefs’ Ticket Office, over the phone at 509-535-PUCK and in-person at Spokane Arena.