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Sunday, January 19, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Chiefs gain ground

Post shootout victory over Americans

KENNEWICK – The Spokane Chiefs at least made sure the Tri-City Americans could still see them when they checked their rear-view mirror.

Goalie Dustin Tokarski stopped 40 of 41 shots and Drayson Bowman scored the only goal in a shootout to lift the Chiefs to a 2-1 victory over the Americans in Western Hockey League action Saturday at the Toyota Center.

Spokane (27-14-0-3) pulled within eight points of the U.S. Division-leading Americans (31-12-0-3) with the victory.

The Chiefs increased their winning streak to a season-best five games.

Tokarski improved to 3-0 since he returned from the World Junior Hockey Championships where he led Canada to the gold medal.

In a game the Chiefs had to have, Tri-City drew first blood.

Brendan Shinnimin slipped the puck past Tokarski at the 8-minute, 54-second mark of the second period to put the Americans up 1-0. Brooks Macek and Petr Stoklasa were credited with assists on the score. It was Shinnimin’s sixth goal of the season.

Spokane bounced back to knot the score with 2:02 remaining in the period. Ondrej Roman found the net for the second time this season – with assists from Bowman and Brady Calla.

The game remained tied through the third period and 5-minute overtime.

Tri-City couldn’t solve Tokarski in the shootout. Adam Hughesman, Mitch Fadden and Jason Reese all came up empty.

Ams goalie Chet Pickard turned aside a Mitch Wahl shot to open the shootout for the Chiefs, but Bowman delivered.

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