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Chiefs beat Ams in OT, take 3-2 series lead

KENNEWICK – Blake Gal came out of the penalty box, gathered in a pass from Dominik Uher and blistered a shot from the left circle to lift the Spokane Chiefs to a 3-2 win and 3-2 series lead over the Tri-City Americans on Sunday night at the Toyota Center.

Chiefs win, even series with Americans

The Spokane Chiefs aren’t where they need to be, but they took a step in that direction Sunday night. After dropping the first game of their best-of-7 Western Hockey League playoff series to the Tri-City Americans on Saturday, the Chiefs rebounded with a solid 6-3 win before 5,026 fans at the Arena.

Spokane, Tri-City open their playoff series

It would seem like the stage is set for another epic series as the Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans square off in the Western Hockey League playoffs.

Tri-City Americans stomp Chiefs

KENNEWICK – Rather than finding a way to get back on the winning path, the Spokane Chiefs ran into a buzz saw Saturday. The Tri-City Americans (12-8-1-1) scored four goals in the first period and added three more in the second, eventually beating the Chiefs (10-9-1-1) 8-3 in the Toyota Center.

Chiefs silence Tri-City Americans

It was a game that was played on the edge until the Spokane Chiefs pushed the Tri-City Americans over it. Three goals in the last half of the second period of a Western Hockey League game played with playoff intensity led the Chiefs to smothering 5-0 win over their rivals Saturday night at the Arena.

Chiefs’ late goals beat Americans

Only three games into the Western Hockey League season – and the first at the Arena – the Spokane Chiefs took a big step forward. Blake Gal scored with 1 minute left in regulation and Mitch Holmberg scored 3:32 into overtime – the second goals of the game for both – to produce a dramatic 6-5 win over the Tri-City Americans before 8,686 fans Saturday night.