By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
The Tri-City Americans filed Friday’s loss to Victoria into the round file and started fresh Saturday night against rival Spokane.
Connor Rankin and Phil Tot each scored in the shootout to lead the Americans to a 2-1 victory over the Chiefs, ending a three-game slide before a crowd of 5,028 at Toyota Center.
“It’s a big win for us against them,” said Tot, whose shootout goal proved to be the difference. “I know around the room it feels unbelievable to get that one.”
The Americans (15-12-1-2) were on the end of an overtime loss in Spokane (17-9-0-2) last Saturday.
“It sure feels good when you play hard and win,” said Tri-City coach Jim Hiller. “It’s as close to a playoff game as we’ve had this season. For us emotionally, because it hurt so much last week, it would have stung had we not have won.”
Spokane coach Don Nachbaur would have preferred the win, but he’ll take the one point.