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Recap: Americans Drop New Year’s Eve Game to Chiefs 7-3

John Keller

The Americans took on the Chiefs last night in their annual New Year’s Eve matchup at the Toyota Center. Tri-City scored once in each three periods but were unable to overcome Spokane’s hot start, falling 7-3.

The Chiefs opened the game with a flurry of goals, holding a 3-0 lead midway through the first period. Parker Bell put the Ams on the board with four minutes remaining in the period. The goal, Bell’s tenth of the season, was scored short-side on Chiefs goaltender Manny Panghli with a shot from the right circle.

Jake Sloan added Tri-City’s second goal of the night 13:19 into the second period to make the game 4-2. Sloan’s goal, also his tenth of the season, came as he knocked in a loose puck after a scramble in front of the net.

Tri-City scored once more in the third period with a goal from Dwayne Jean Jr. Tyson Greenway gained control of the puck in the right corner and fed it in front of the net, Jean Jr. pivoted to his forehand to make it a 6-3 game. The goal was Jean Jr.’s second of his career, both have game against Spokane.

Rhett Melnyk had two points with assists on Bell and Jean Jr.’s goals for the third multi-point game of his career.

Sam Huo is now on a four game point streak with the primary assist on Jake Sloan’s goal, Huo has two goals and six assists over that period.

Nick Avakyan started in net for the second time this week, the rookie netminder stopped 25 of 31 shots faced.

FINAL SCORE: 7-3 SPO

FINAL SHOTS: 32-22 SPO

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