Spokane Dumps Tri-City, Moves Into Fifth in Conference

Doug Love

Spokane, WA- The Americans have some work to do after this weekend.

Riley Whittingham scored the first two goals of the game, pacing the Spokane Chiefs (32-21-2-0, 66 pts) to a 5-2 win over the Tri-City Americans (31-21-1-2, 65 pts) at the Veterans Memorial Arena.

The win moves Spokane past Tri-City into second place in the U.S. Division and into fifth place in the conference. Tri-City snaps a four game road win streak and a three game win streak against the Chiefs. Spokane leads the season series with the win 5-4.

Spokane came out hot in the first period, controlling puck possession for most of the period while outshooting Tri-City 13-9. The Chiefs got better opportunities, including three power play chances, one of which was a four minute double minor penalty in the beginning of the period. The Chiefs finally capitalized on a 5-on-3 power play as Brenden Kichton hit a shot off the back boards, which bounced to Whittingham, shooting it over the right shoulder of Luke Lee-Knight to make it 1-0 after one period.

It was all Spokane again in the second period, as the Chiefs outshot the Americans 15-7. Whittingham added another goal late in the second as he was able to slip it under the pads of Lee-Knight to make it 2-0. Tri-City had some opportunities to get on the board, but was held scoreless through two periods.

Connor Chartier helped Spokane increase the lead 25 seconds into the third period to make it 3-0. The Americans finally got on the board shorthanded three minutes into the period as Lucas Nickles scored on a breakaway, beating Eric Williams on the blocker side to make it 3-1. Spokane scored again midway through the period as Adam Helewka capitalized on a breakaway, ringing a shot off the post and into the net. Tri-City fought back to get into the game, as Brian Williams scored with less than three minutes remaining in the game. But it wasn’t meant to be, as Mike Aviani put it into an empty net to seal the win for Spokane.  

Lee-Knight made 27 saves in the loss while Williams made 30 saves in the win.

Tri-City will travel home for one game to welcome the Calgary Hitmen (36-16-1-3, 76 pts) to the Toyota Center for the only meeting this season on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. The Hitmen are second in the Central Division and third in the Eastern Conference. The Americans lost the only meeting last season 4-1 in Calgary. NewsTalk 870 will broadcast the game starting at 6:45 p.m. with the pregame show. WHL Live will stream the game beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are still available at the Toyota Center Box Office, any Fred Meyer outlet, at any Ticketmaster location or online at Ticketmaster.com.

Jack in the Box Three Stars:
1. Riley Whittingham, Spokane

2. Liam Stewart, Spokane
3. Eric Williams, 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