Chiefs Defeat Americans 2-1 in Five Round Shootout

Gary Peterson

Spokane, WA – The Tri-City Americans (24-21-2-3, 53 pts.) tied the game with a Brian Williams goal in the third period, but could only earn one point on the night, as the Spokane Chiefs (29-15-2-2, 62 pts.) came away with the 2-1 shootout victory.

The game snapped the Americans' season high four-game win streak, but the single point pulled the Americans to within three of the Vancouver Giants (24-19-5-3, 56 pts.) for the seventh spot in the Western Conference.

Eric Comrie continued his hot play, holding his opponent to a goal or less goals for the fifth consecutive game. The 18-year-old net minder has a goals against average of 1.21 and a 0.965 save percentage in nine games during the month of January.

Both teams played a tight defensive game for the opening half of the first period, with only four shots recorded in the first six minutes of play. The Americans registered the better of the scoring chances, out shooting the Chiefs 6-4 in the first 10 minutes of play.

However, Tri-City then got itself in penalty trouble late in the period when Jessey Astles was assessed a double minor head butting penalty on the same play Michal Plutnar was whistled for tripping.  With the Americans down two men, the Chiefs would capitalize 45 seconds into the power play behind Reid Gow's second goal of the season.

After Spokane opened the scoring, Tri-City was still left with 3:15 on Astles’ double minor. But, a Hudson Elynuik roughing penalty would negate the final 1:42 of the power play.

The Americans struggled to get its offense going in the second period, registering just three shots in the middle frame. The team once again found itself in penalty trouble, having to kill off two minor penalties in the first 10 minutes. But, Comrie was able to turn all 10 shots aside, keeping the Americans within one after 40 minutes.

The Americans began to shift momentum in the final eight minutes of the third period, pushing to even the game at one. Finally, at 14:12, Brian Williams evened the score with a shot that redirected off of Eric Williams' right skate and into the net.

Tri-City had several opportunities to score the go-ahead goal, keeping momentum after its goal, but was unable to beat the Spokane net minder in the final 5:48 of regulation.

After a scoreless overtime period, the game went to a shootout. Mitch Holmberg opened the shootout with a goal, but Parker Bowles answered right back, scoring on the Americans' first shot.

After saves by Comrie in the second and third round, Phil Tot had an opportunity to win the game for the Americans, but was unable to beat Williams.  The shootout would come down to the fifth round, where Mike Aviani scored the game winning goal, giving the Chiefs the extra point in the game.

The Americans now depart on a three-game trip through Alberta, starting with the Calgary Hitmen (31-12-2-3, 67 pts.) on Wednesday night at the Scotia Bank Saddledome. Fans can catch the action live, via WHL Live, at the Americans’ official home away from home, Kimo’s in Richland, starting at 6:00 p.m. (PST).

Jack In Box Three Stars

1) Eric Williams, Spokane
2) Eric Comrie, Tri-City
3) Reid Gow, Spokane

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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
  • B.C. Division |
  • Central Division |
  • East Division |
  • 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