Chiefs Slip Past Americans 2-1

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Photo credit is John Allen

(ISN) – Kennewick, WA- Tri-City’s Eric Comrie stopped 55 shots, but it wasn’t enough to take down the rival Spokane Chiefs (11-7-3-0, 25 pts) at the Toyota Center, as the Tri-City Americans (14-10-0-0, 28 pts) fell 2-1 in front of 4,911 fans on Saturday night.

The Americans got on the board early in the first period on the power play. Beau McCue fired a shot from just outside the crease that found the back of the net to make it 1-0 Tri-City. Spokane outshot Tri-City 15-11, but it was the Americans with the lead going into the second period.

In the second, the Chiefs wasted no time tying the game. Riley Whittingham scored on the power play early in the second period to knot the game at one. Less than 10 seconds later, Spokane’s Calder Brooks fired a wrist shot over the glove of Eric Comrie and into the net for a 2-1 lead. Spokane again outshot Tri-City, 24-11, and the Chiefs held a one-goal lead heading into the third period.

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Photo credit is John Allen

The Americans came out and fought hard to get the tying goal. Tri-City was outshot 18-17 by the Chiefs in the period. Late in the period, the Americans furiously shot pucks at Spokane’s Garret Hughson to tie the game, but the Chiefs held on for the win.

Tri-City snaps a four-game home win streak, and has lost 3-of-4 to Spokane this season, including both games at the Toyota Center.

Spokane had 14 penalty minutes but was 0-for-5 on the power play. Tri-City racked up 12 penalty minutes and converted 1-of-6 power play chances.

Comrie had an astounding game with 55 saves in the loss, while Spokane’s Garret Hughson also had a great game, stopping 38 shots.

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Photo credit is John Allen

The Americans have a few days off before they play three home games in four nights, starting with the WHL’s best team, the Kelowna Rockets (21-2-3-0, 45 pts). Game time is at 7:05 p.m. The Americans are one of two teams to defeat the Rockets in regulation, winning 5-2 in the Toyota Center on Oct. 18. The game will be KNDU’s Coats for Kids night, as well as the first Americans game televised live on SWX (Digital 25.3/23.3, Charter 183).

Jack in the Box Three Stars
1. Eric Comrie, Tri-City
2. Calder Brooks, Spokane
3. Riley Whittingham, Spokane

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