Kennewick, WA – After a strong first period start, the Americans were handed their first loss of the season, falling 5-1 to the Spokane Chiefs on Saturday.
The Ams opened scoring with a goal from Lukas Dragicevic 16:24 into the first period. The sixteen year-old defenseman forced a turnover at center ice and then scored with a quick wrist shot from the slot for his first WHL goal. Tyson Greenway and Alex Serraglio were credited with assists on the goal.
Dragicevic was selected fourth overall by the Americans in the 2020 WHL Draft.
Tri-City held on to their lead into intermission. Shots were an even 6-6 after one period of play.
Spokane quickly wiped away Tri-City’s lead as Bear Hughes scored just 28-seconds into the second frame.
The Americans found themselves in penalty trouble midway through the period. Back-to-back penalties from Dwayne Jean Jr. and Marc Lajoie put Spokane on a 5-on-3 power play. Hughes capitalized on the opportunity with his second straight goal to give Spokane a 2-1 lead.
Penalty trouble continued for the Ams as former Spokane Chiefs defenseman Jordan Chudley took a minor for checking to the head at 10:14. Luke Toporowski quickly scored on the power play to extend Spokane’s lead to 3-1.
Later in the period, Chiefs forward Yannick Proske skated around Americans defense and scored glove side with a shot from just outside the crease. Four second periods goals gave the Chiefs a 4-1 lead leading into the final frame.
Graham Sward scored one last power play goal for the Chiefs early third period with Americans forward Landon Roberts in the box for cross checking. The Chiefs defenseman scored with a long shot through traffic beating Talyn Boyko on the glove side.
The Americans struggled with special teams on Saturday as Spokane was 50% with a man advantage (3/6) and the Americans were held scoreless on all six power play opportunities.
New York Rangers prospect Talyn Boyko played the full game in net, stopping 21 of 25 shots faced.
Final Score: 5-1 SPO
Final Shots: 26-25 TC
The Americans will have a chance for revenge next Friday as they take on the Spokane Chiefs once again at the Toyota Center. Click here for ticketing options.