In one of the most intense games of the season, the Spokane Chiefs got two goals from Dominik Uher, including an empty netter with 54 seconds to play, to pull out a 3-1 win over Tri-City before more than 10,000 fans at the Arena Saturday night.
It was a stellar defensive effort by the Chiefs, who out-shot the Americans 40-27. The only TC goal was a centering pass that went off a Spokane player, otherwise Mac Engle was stellar in net for the win, his third over the Americans eight days.
Engle earned the No. 1 star, with Uher No. 2 and Tri-City goalie Chris Driedger third. Long box below. Here is the game story.
Chiefs 3, Americans 1
Spokane – Saturday
Penalties – Aviani, Spo (boarding) 3:34; Gal, Spo (elbowing) 13:17; Fluter, TC (interference) 16:02.
1, Spo, Uher 17 (Koper, Cowen) 18:48.
Penalties – Bardaro, Spo (high sticking) 5:30.
2, Spo, Marantz 18 (Kuhn) :16.
3, TC, Conrad 9, 4:53.
4, Spo, Uher 18 (Baldwin, Johnson), 19:54.
Shots on goal by
Goal (shots-saves) — Tri-City: Driedger (L, 5-4-0-1) 39-37. Spokane: Engel (W, 11-7-2-1) 27-26.
Power plays (goals-chances) — Tri-City 0-3; Spokane 0-1.
Referees — Brett Iverson, Matt Kirk. Linesmen — Trevor Boudreau, Chris Carlson.
Attendance – 10,216.
Scratches – Tri-City: Drew Owsley, Mason Wilgosh, Jordan Messier, Marcus Messier, Neal Prokop. Spokane: Cole Hamblin, Malek Kalus, Reid Gow, Brady Brassart.