Spokane Defeats Tri-City in Overtime Thriller

John Allen

Kennewick, WA- Tri-City played hard but in the end, it wasn’t enough.

Blake Gal scored the winning goal 34 seconds into overtime to lift the Spokane Chiefs (44-25-2-0, 90 pts) to a 3-2 win over the Tri-City Americans (40-26-2-3, 85 pts) in front of 5,987 at the Toyota Center regular season home finale.

Spokane won the season series against the Americans, earning wins in seven of the 12 games.

Tri-City has lost four straight, including their second loss to come after regulation during the streak.

The game started out going back and forth, as each team kept trading shots with both teams coming close to scoring. Tri-City broke up the scoreless tie with less than six minutes remaining in the first. Drydn Dow chipped the puck into the zone and Connor Rankin skated into the zone, grabbed the puck and flipped it over the right shoulder of Garret Hughson for a 1-0 lead. Spokane had the shot advantage 11-7 in the period, but it was the Americans with the one goal lead.

Spokane was able to tie the game midway through the second period. Jeremy McIntosh fired a shot from the slot that found the back of the net for his first goal of the season to tie the game at one. Tri-City outshot Spokane in the period 13-9 but it was the Chiefs that were able to score in the second to make it interesting going into the third period.

Spokane took their first lead of the game early in the third on the power play. Dylan Walchuk fired a slap shot from the top of the left faceoff circle into the net to give the Chiefs the lead. Tri-City charged back as Jesse Mychan threw the puck at the net, with the rebound bouncing right to Justin Feser on the back door to flick a backhand shot into the goal to tie the game at two. Neither team could net a winner in regulation which meant overtime.

It didn’t take long for the game to end in overtime. Brenden Kichton fired a shot on goal which Trombley stopped, but the rebound bounced right to Gal in front of the crease, putting it into the net for the game winner.

The Americans and Chiefs were both 1-of-4 on the power play tonight.

Trombley made 33 saves in the loss while Garret Hughson made 24 saves in the win.

Tri-City will finish their regular season on the road against the Everett Silvertips (24-40-3-4, 55 pts) tomorrow night. Game time is at 5:05 p.m. Tri-City has the edge in the series with wins in seven of the nine meetings this season, including a win in the most recent meeting 6-2 in late February. Everett has already locked up the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. NewsTalk 870 will broadcast the game starting at 4:45 p.m. with the pregame show. WHL Live will stream the game online starting at 5:00 p.m.

Jack in the Box Three Stars:
1. Blake Gal, Spokane

2. Dylan Walchuk, Spokane
3. Justin Feser, Tri-City

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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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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