Americans Lose to Chiefs in Tournament Finale

Doug Love

Kennewick, WA- After digging itself into an early hole, the Tri-City Americans (1-4-0-0, 2 pts) were never able to score that elusive go ahead goal, dropping the final game of the Red Lion Hotels Pre-Season Tournament 5-3 at the hands of the Spokane Chiefs (2-2-0-1, 5 pts).

Spokane jumped ahead right out of the gate, scoring on the game’s first shot by Tyler King just 27 seconds in. The Chiefs added another goal at the 8:05 mark to grab an early 2-0 lead.

Braden Purtill got the Americans back in the game with a power play goal at 14:20, swinging momentum back to Tri-City.  With just 10 second remaining in the opening period, Mitch Topping added another power play goal for the Americans, knotting the game at two after 20 minutes.

Spokane regained its lead at 5:14 of the second period, but the Americans once again rallied to tie the game with Brian William’s fourth goal of the pre-season. For the third time in the game, the Chiefs broke the tie, this time for good, as Liam Stewart scored what would be the eventual game winning goal at 19:52 of the second period.

Tri-City had a few power play opportunities in the third period but were unable to get its offense going late in the game. Spokane added an insurance marker at 13:19 to seal the game for the Chiefs.

Evan Sarthou played the entire game for the Americans, making 16 saves on the night, while the Chiefs’ Eric Williams started the game for Spokane, steering aside 16 shots. Williams was relieved by Garrett Hughson at 11:39 of the second period, who made 8 saves for the Chiefs.

Spokane and Tri-City will wrap up its pre-season schedule against one other this week with a home-and-home. The Chiefs will host the Americans on Wednesday night, then the teams will return to the Toyota Center for the pre-season finale next Saturday at 7:05 p.m.

Spokane Chiefs 5, Tri-City Americans 3

First Period

1-    SPO  Tyler King (1) (Jacob Cardiff, Tyson Predinchuk) 0:27
2-    SPO  Mitch Holmberg (3) (Unassisted) 8:05
3-    T.C Braden Purtill (1) (Ty Comrie, Mitch Topping) 14:20 (PP)
4-    T.C Mitch Topping (1) (Beau McCue) 19:50 (PP)

Second Period

5-    SPO Alex Whitwham (1) Mitch Holmberg (Michael Aviani) 5:14 PP
6-    T.C Brian Williams (4) (Ty Comrie) 11:39
7-    SPO Liam Stewart (2) (Jason Fram) 19:52

Third Period

8-    SPO Jacob Cardiff (1) (Mark Bechtold, Jeffrey Rayman) 13:19

Shots on Goal
T.C: 12-10-5—27  
SPO: 8-7-6—21

Power Play
T.C: 2-6
SPO: 1-5

Goaltenders
T.C : Evan Sarthou (58:20 16/21)
SPO: Eric Williams (31:39 16/19)
         Garret Hughson (28:21 8/8 )

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Playoff Stats

Goalie GP W SO GAA SV%
Eric Comrie 5 1 0 3.46 0.917
Evan Sarthou 0 0 0 0.00 0.000
Player G A PTS PIM
Jessey Astles 1 0 1 2
Parker Bowles 1 2 3 4
Brandon Carlo 0 1 1 8
Ty Comrie 0 0 0 0
Jordan Davies 0 0 0 0
Morgan Geekie 0 0 0 0
Matthew Gelinas 0 0 0 0
Justin Gutierrez 1 3 4 2
Justin Hamonic 1 0 1 6
Riley Hillis 0 0 0 0
Justin Marreck 0 0 0 0
Devon McAndrews 0 0 0 0
Beau McCue 0 1 1 0
Lucas Nickles 0 0 0 4
Jackson Playfair 0 0 0 2
Michal Plutnar 0 0 0 2
Braden Purtill 0 0 0 2
Rodney Southam 0 0 0 0
Josh Thrower 0 0 0 5
Mitch Topping 0 2 2 4
Philip Tot 3 4 7 0
Taylor Vickerman 0 0 0 0
Brian Williams 3 2 5 4
Parker Wotherspoon 0 2 2 2
Standings
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  • U.S. Division |
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Kelowna Rockets 72 57 11 0 4 118
Victoria Royals 72 48 20 1 3 100
Vancouver Giants 72 32 29 7 4 75
Prince George Cougars 72 27 37 3 5 62
Kamloops Blazers 72 14 53 2 3 33
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Edmonton Oil Kings 72 50 19 2 1 103
Calgary Hitmen 72 48 17 3 4 103
Medicine Hat Tigers 72 44 24 3 1 92
Kootenay Ice 72 39 28 2 3 83
Red Deer Rebels 72 35 32 1 4 75
Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 12 55 2 3 29
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Regina Pats 72 39 26 4 3 85
Swift Current Broncos 72 38 25 3 6 85
Brandon Wheat Kings 72 34 29 6 3 77
Prince Albert Raiders 72 35 32 3 2 75
Moose Jaw Warriors 72 21 42 3 6 51
Saskatoon Blades 72 16 51 2 3 37
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Portland Winterhawks 72 54 13 2 3 113
Seattle Thunderbirds 72 41 25 2 4 88
Everett Silvertips 72 39 23 7 3 88
Spokane Chiefs 72 40 26 3 3 86
Tri-City Americans 72 29 33 4 6 68