Spokane Shuts Out Tri-City 6-0, Earns Home Ice Advantage in First Round Series

John Allen

Spokane, WA- Spokane and Tri-City will meet in the first round of the playoffs, with tonight and tomorrow serving as a preview.

Tri-City hopes that tonight wasn’t a preview of next week’s first two games of the series. Carter Proft netted two goals, leading the Spokane Chiefs (43-25-2-0, 88 pts) to a 6-0 win over the visiting Tri-City Americans (40-26-1-3, 84 pts) in the Veterans Memorial Arena.

Spokane locks up the number four seed in the conference and home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs with the win. With the schedule mostly set, it means that if the series goes seven games, game 7 will be played in Spokane.

Tri-City has lost three straight while Spokane won its fourth straight. Spokane now leads the season series against Tri-City 6-5.

Both teams came out firing shots at the net, with the Americans having the first great chance. Parker Bowles skated into the zone on a breakaway but was denied by Eric Williams. Connor Rankin took a penalty midway through the period, which allowed a Justin Feser shorthanded breakaway that was again turned aside by Williams. Spokane skated back down the ice after the chance and Alessio Bertaggia fired a wrist shot past Troy Trombley glove side to make it 1-0 Spokane. Shots were even at eight in the first.

Spokane increased the lead to two early in the second. There was a loose puck in front of Trombley that was slapped top shelf by Carter Proft to make it 2-0. Proft scored again later in the period as he put home a rebound on the power play to increase the lead to three. Spokane barely outshot the Americans 8-7 in the second period but was able to find the back of the net twice in the period to carry a three goal lead into the third.

Tri-City fought to get back in the game, but couldn’t get anything going. Spokane put the game out of reach midway through the third as Mitch Holmberg flipped a backhand past Trombley to increase the lead to 4-0. The Chiefs poured salt in Tri-City’s wound by adding another goal by Tyler King on the power play to make it 5-0 and Jackson Playfair capped the scoring in the game by netting his second of the season with less than two minutes remaining in the game.

This is the fifth time this season the Americans have been shutout.

Spokane was great on the power play, converting three of seven chances while the Americans were 0-2 on the power play

Trombley made 22 saves in the loss while Williams stopped 20 shots in the shutout win, including three breakaway chances.

Tri-City will ride the bus back to Kennewick tonight and the Chiefs will drive down to the Toyota Center tomorrow to take on the Americans tomorrow night on the Fifth Annual Go Green for MDA Night. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. Tri-City is 1-3 all-time on Go Green for MDA Night, losing last season’s game 3-2. The only win came two seasons ago 6-4. NewsTalk 870 will broadcast the game starting at 6:45 p.m. with the pregame show. MeTV 42.2/Charter 280 will broadcast the game on television starting 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. Carter Proft, Spokane

2. Eric Williams, Spokane
3. Alessio Bertaggia, 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