Americans vs. Chiefs
Saturday, April 3 | Kennewick, WA | Toyota Center
Start Time: 6:05 p.m PDT
KENNEWICK, WA – The Americans return to the Toyota Center to take on the winless Spokane Chiefs after falling 6-2 to the Winterhawks last night in Portland. Tri-City will look to rebound and get another win against the Chiefs after shutting them out 3-0 last week.
Tri-City (2-4-0-0) | Spokane (0-4-0-1)
Tonight is the second of eight times the Americans and Chiefs will meet this season. They last played on March 27th when the Americans took a 3-0 shutout victory. Talyn Boyko stopped all 26 shots faced to earn his first WHL shutout in his 37th career game. Connor Bouchard opened scoring mid-second period and Sam Huo followed with two more goals for the Americans in the third. It was Huo’s first multi-goal game in the WHL.
Spokane hasn’t played since last Saturday’s game at the Toyota Center. They will come into tonight’s matchup looking to break their winless 0-4-0-1 start to the season. It was announced on Monday that center Jack Finley will officially miss the remainder of the season due to a shoulder injury.
Minnesota Wild prospect Adam Beckman is Spokane’s leading scorer with two goals and two assists. Sam Huo continues to shine for the Americans leading the team with four goals and two assists.
Over the past five season the Ams are 18-12-4-1 against the Chiefs including 10-6-2-0 at the Toyota Center.
The Ams most recently played last night in Portland as they fell 6-2 to the Winterhawks.
After defeating Portland in an opening night overtime thriller on March 18, the Americans came into last night’s game hopeful for another victory. They started strong and got on the board first with a goal from Sasha Mutala. Soon after that the Winterhawks netted a shorthanded goal to tie the game at one.
Mutala, a Colorado Avalanche prospect, scored again with a shot from the left circle just 19 seconds into the second period. The goal came directly off a faceoff with Connor Bouchard and Sam Huo picking up assists.
The game turned in favor of the Winterhawks when they capitalized on back-to-back power play opportunities late second period. At the end of the second frame Portland led 3-2. Tri-City found themselves on a season-high seven penalty kills with Portland scoring on 2/7 of those opportunities. The Americans went 0/2 with a man advantage.
Veteran netminder Talyn Boyko played the full game in net for the Americans, stopping 36 of 41 shots faced.
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