Americans Rally Past Chiefs 6-5
Kennewick, WA- The Spokane Chiefs (13-9-2-1, 29 pts) scored three goals in the first period, but the Tri-City Americans (10-15-1-0, 21 pts) responded with three goals in the second period, and notched two in the third to come from behind and earn a 6-5 win in front of 4,255 fans at the Toyota Center on Saturday Night.
Spokane struck first 3:28 into the game. Dominic Zwerger fired a puck at the net, which deflected off an Americans’ skate and into the goal on the power play for a 1-0 lead. A minute later, the Americans answered, as Jordan Topping passed it to Brian Williams, one-timing a shot into the twine to even the score at one. The Chiefs retook the lead midway through the first, as Markson Bechtold fired a shot from the right faceoff circle, beating Evan Sarthou stick side for a 2-1 advantage. Bechtold scored his second of the game in the final minute of the first on the power play, giving Spokane a 3-1 lead after the first period.
Tri-City cut the lead to 3-2 early in the second on the power play, as Parker Bowles lit the red lamp. The Chiefs responded with a goal of their own, with Ethan McIndoe cleaning up a rebound for a 4-2 lead. Midway through the second, the Americans cut the lead to one goal, as Brian Williams fired a pass to Jordan Topping streaking through the middle, firing a shot stick side into the net. Spokane pushed the lead back to two goals two minutes later, as a 5-on-3 power play opened the door for Adam Helewka to score his second of the night. Late in the second, Tyler Sandhu banged home a rebound to cut the lead to 5-4 going into the third period.
It was a tense third period, with both teams accumulating scoring chances. Tri-City finally broke through 14:25 into the period, as Bowles fired a shot from the right faceoff circle, beating Lasse Petersen glove side to tie the game. About a minute later, Parker Wotherspoon found the back of the net on a wrist shot to put the Americans in front 6-5. Spokane pressed late to tie the game, but the Americans buckled down defensively to hold on for the win.
Tri-City snaps a three-game losing streak against Spokane.
Special teams were big in this game, with Tri-City converting 2-of-5 power play chances and recording 18 penalty minutes. Spokane was 3-of-8 with at least a man advantage, and spent 12 minutes in the penalty box.
Evan Sarthou stopped 33 shots in the win. Tyson Verhelst started for Spokane and made 13 saves, and was replaced by Lasse Petersen, making 12 saves in the loss.
The Americans and Chiefs will clash again tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 27. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. at Spokane Arena. Listen to the game on NewsTalk 870, or watch the game through WHL Live or at Kimo’s, your Americans home away from home.
Jack in the Box Three Stars
1. Brian Williams, Tri-City
2. Parker Wotherspoon, Tri-City
3. Parker Bowles, Tri-City
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