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Americans Defeat Chiefs in Defensive Battle

Cheney, WA – Ty Comrie and Brian Williams each scored for the Tri-City Americans (2-5-0-0, 4 pts), producing all the offense it needed to defeat the Spokane Chiefs (2-2-0-1, 5 pts) Wednesday night at Eastern Washington University.

Comrie got the Americans off to a quick start, scoring 4:56 into the first period, to give Tri-City an early 1-0 lead. Despite ample power play opportunities for both teams, the score remained 1-0 until the third period.

In the third period, Williams increased Tri-City’s lead on the power play, scoring his fifth goal of the pre-season. At the 11:23 mark, Adam Helewka gave the Chiefs some life, scoring what would be Spokane’s only goal of the evening. Despite outshooting the Americans 13-5 in the final frame, the Chiefs were unable to put anymore pucks past Troy Trombley, and the Americans held on for a 2-1 victory.

Trombley played all 60 minutes for the Americans Wednesday, back-stopping Tri-City with 27 saves on the night.  On the other side, Eric Williams steered aside 16 shots for the Chiefs in a losing effort.

Tri-City and Spokane will be right back at it this weekend, as both teams wrap up their pre-season schedule at the Toyota Center Saturday night for a 7 p.m. faceoff.

Tri-City Americans 2, Spokane Chiefs 1

First Period
1-    T.C Ty Comrie (1) (Braden Purtill) 4:56

Second Period
No Scoring

Third Period
2-    T.C Brian Williams (5) (Phillip Tot) 5:23 (PP)
3-    SPO Adam Helewka (2) (Mitch Holmberg) 11:13 (PP)

Power Play
T.C: 1-9
SPO: 1-5

Shots on Goal
T.C: 6-7-5—18
SPO: 8-7-13—28

Goalies
T.C: Troy Trombley (60:00 27/28)
SPO: Eric Williams ( 59:11 16/18)

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