KENNEWICK – Evan Fiala scored late in the third period to draw the Spokane Chiefs within one goal, but the Tri-City Americans held on for a 6-5 win in Western Hockey League action on Saturday.
Tri-City’s Morgan Geekie gave the Americans (17-11-2-0, 34 points, second in U.S. Division) a two-goal lead with his 12th of the season with just under 4 minutes to play.
Fiala scored less than one minute later, but the Chiefs (11-11-4-1, fifth in U.S.) weren’t able to find the equalizer to force overtime.
Tri-City got out to a 3-1 lead early in the second period but the Chiefs kept chipping back as Ethan McIndoe – with his second of the game – Keanu Yamamoto (11) and Pavel Kousal all tallied in the second period.
Yamamato extended a goal-scoring streak to four games and points streak to eight.
The Chiefs host Victoria on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at the Arena.
Carter Jones scored twice to help the visiting Spokane Braves beat the Beaver Valley Nitehawks 5-4 in KIJHL action.
Elliot Plourde, Niko Corsaro and Valerii Slavkin all added goals for the Braves.
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