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Chiefs Beat the Tri-City Americans 6-4

The Spokane Chiefs played their season opener against their perennial rivals, the Tri-City Americans. After a slow start, the Chiefs triumphed 6-4.


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The Spokane Chiefs’ Jeff Faith ends up on the ice with the Tri-City Americans’ Vladislav Lukin clumsily pinning him until the puck is free.


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The Spokane Chiefs’ goalie Garret Hughson, left, can’t stop a goal by the Tri-City Americans’ Tyson Sandhu.


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The Spokane Chiefs’ Evan Fiala, left, pressures the Tri-City Americans’ Brian Williams along the boards.


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The Tri-City Americans celebrate a goal by Michael Rasmussen (15) Saturday, but couldn’t hold on to their early lead, losing 6-4.


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The Spokane Chiefs’ Hudson Elynuik (26) races down the ice with the Tri-City Americans’ Michael Rasmussen, right, on his heels Saturday.


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Spokane Chiefs’ Kolten Olynek, right, loses his footing and the Tri-City Americans’ Austyn Playfair, left, recovers first to tap the puck away.


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The Spokane Chiefs’ Kailer Yamamoto throws all he’s got into a check on the Tri-City Americans’ Juuso Valimaki, earning a penalty for checking in the back.


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Spokane Chiefs’ Dalton Hamaliuk, left, defends as the Tri-City Americans’ Vladislav Lukin, right, changes direction and gets caught up in his own ice spray.


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The Spokane Chiefs’ Riley Whittingham is introduced to the crowd during season opening festivities before their game with the Tri-City Americans.


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Spokane Chiefs’ Riley Whittingham, left, gets close but can’t make the goal against the Tri-City Americans and their goalie Evan Sarthou, right, in the first period.


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The Spokane Chiefs’ with the Tri-City Americans opened with a tribute to firefighters, during which there was a moment of silence for the three firefighters who died fighting fires near Twisp.


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The Spokane Chiefs’ Keanu Yamamoto, left, and Hudson Elynuik sit in the penalty box, giving the Tri-City Americans a two-man advantage in a penalty-heavy first period


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Spokane Chiefs’ Dominic Zwerger, right, sweeps through the goalie crease and taps in the first Chiefs goal against the Tri-City Americans and their goalie Evan Sarthou, left, in the first period Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 at the Spokane Arena, the Chiefs’ season opener.


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Spokane Chiefs’ goalie Garret Hughson is bowled over by the Tri-City Americans’ Tyler Sandhu, shaking him up in the second period. Hughson was replaced by backup Tyson Verhelst. JESSE TINSLEY jesset@spokesman.com

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