By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
There’s nothing like spoiling your biggest rival’s playoff plans.
Jessey Astles and Parker Bowles each had a goal and an assist, and Eric Comrie posted his fourth shutout of the season as the Tri-City Americans roughed up the Spokane Chiefs 3-0 on Saturday night before a raucous Toyota Center crowd of 5,715.
“Last night we played for 45 minutes. Tonight, we played from start to finish,” said Tri-City coach Jim Hiller. “That game showed we can beat Kelowna. It was our best game this year start to finish.”
The Americans (29-32-4-6, 68 points), hosting their sixth annual Go Green for MDA Night, improved to 2-4 amongst the shamrocks, with all games against the Chiefs. Tri-City’s only other win was March 19, 2011.
Saturday was the final regular-season game for the Chiefs (40-26-3-3, 86 points), who fell to sixth in the Western Conference standings. A win would have had them in the running for fourth/fifth.
Spokane will face Victoria in the first round of the playoffs.
Comrie, who only faced 18 shots on the night, recorded his ninth career shutout, tying him for third all-time with Drew Owsley (2008-11).