Chiefs Can’t Muster Win Against Tri-City

SPOKANE — Two goals and a sold-out hometown crowd weren’t enough for the Chiefs to take out top ranked divisional foe Tri-City. The Americans scored five times to beat Spokane 5-2 on Saturday.

Tri-City capitalized in the second period, scoring three times, two of those goals on the power play.

Mitch Fadden and Kruise Reddick both scored twice for the Americans while Tyler Johnson had a goal and assist for the Chiefs.

Fadden scored on the power play at 11:29 in the first period to give the Americans a 1-0 lead. Spokane’s Tyler Johnson scored his 24th goal of the year to tie the game at one apiece at 16:06. Reddick’s first of the night gave the Americans a 2-1 lead through the first period.

It took just three minutes for the Americans to put it out of reach for Spokane. Tyler Schmidt’s goal on the two-man advantage and Fadden’s second of the night quickly made it 4-1. Reddick finished the scoring for the Americans, all three goals came at 10:39, 12:20 and 13:42 in the second period.

Spokane’s Drayson Bowman was the only player to score in the third period, but it wasn’t enough as the Chiefs would ultimately fall 5-2.

The Americans extended their lead to 10 points in the U.S. Division. It was the first time Tri-City had won in Spokane all season, the Chiefs have held the Americans teams to just two wins in the game series.