Rookie goaltender Talyn Boyko made his third WHL start tonight in Spokane. The 16-year-old made 40 stops but the Americans ultimately fell 8-3 to the Chiefs.
Heading into tonight’s game Eli Zummack led the Chiefs head-to-head against the Americans with four points. He added to that early with the game’s first goal at 10:18. Riley Sawchuk responded for the Americans just 31 seconds later to tie the game at one.
Spokane capitalized on a Kyle Olson boarding penalty at 12:55 and began to pull away. The Chiefs scored three goals before the Americans were able to respond. Paycen Bjorklund showcased his puck-handling skills with an impressive goal at 11:48 second period, assisted by Huo (his first point as an American) and Bouchard. The Chiefs went on to extend their lead to 8-2.
Parker AuCoin put one more on the board for Tri-City ending the game with a score of 8-3. AuCoin’s goal marks his 22nd of the season, surpassing his previous single-season best.
Shots: 48-26 Spokane
Final score: 8-3 Spokane
The Americans will host their annual CH2M Military Appreciation Night on Friday, January 18 against the Seattle Thunderbirds. Tickets are available at the Toyota Center Box Office or online from Ticketmaster.