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Chiefs blow past Americans

After giving up an easy early goal, the Chiefs took command with a pair of power play goals and then Tyler Johnson finished with off with a pair of late goals as Spokane dumped Tri-City 7-2 before a sold-out crowd of 10,475 at the Arena Saturday night.

Three stars, 3, Johnson, 2, goalie Mac Engel, 1, Koper.

Chiefs 7, Americans 2

Spokane – Saturday

First period

1, TC, Holland 19 (Rakin, Feser) 4:38.

2, Spo, Holmberg 15 (Koper, Johnson) 11:03, pp.

3, Spo, Uher 16 (Kichton, Engel) 13:26, pp.

4, Spo, Brassart 7 (Kichton, Bardaro) 16:45.

Penalties – Mort, Spo (interference) 5:00; Ashton, TC (interference) 10:14; Grist, TC (checking from behind) 11:39.

Second period

5, Spo, Gal 16 (Koper) 4:53.

6, TC, Conrad 6 (Moline), 17:13.

Penalties – Marantz, Spo (hooking) 5:05; Marantz, Spo (tripping) 7:36; Schmidt, TC (interference) 9:31; Bardaro, Spo (tripping) 15:08; Ashton, TC (roughing), Baldwin, Spo (roughing) 20:00.

Third period

7, Spo, Johnson 42 (Koper) 15:56, sh, en

8, Spo, Johnson 43 (Koper) 17:07 pp

9, Spo, Kichton 14 (Cowen, Brassart) 19:39, pp.

Penalties – Cowen, Spo (boarding) 12:06; Dridger, TC (ineligible play, served by Hughesman), 12:18; Mort, Spo (tripping) 14:48; Reddick TC (slashing, served by Hughesman, 10-minute misconduct), Shinnimin, TC (10-minute misconduct) 16:55; Conrad, TC (major, fighting), Kramer, Spo (major, fighting) 17:40; Wilgosh, TC (slashing) 18:26; Feser, TC (high sticking) 18:48.

Shots on goal by
Tri-City      9-5-10_24
Spokane      12-7-8_27

Goal (shots-saves) — Tri-City: Owsley (L, 30-14-1-1) 13-10; Driedger (1:30 of 2nd) 14-10 . Spokane: Engle (W, 5-7-2-1) 24-22.

Power plays (goals-chances) — Tri-City 0-6; Spokane 4-7.

Referees — Jeff Ingram, Sean Raphael. Linesmen — Ron Dietterle, Clayton Richardson.

Attendance – 10,475.

 Scratches – Tri-City: Marcus Messier, Neal Prokop. Spokane: James Reid (hip, day-to-day), Cole Hamblin, Malek Kalus, Reid Gow, Mike Aviani.

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