The Spokane Chiefs fell to the Tri City Americans for the first time in 4 meetings this year, as Malte Stromwall's goal 43 seconds into overtime lifted Tri City to a 5-4 win Friday night in Kennewick, WA. Tri City had tied the game with 16.1 seconds remaining in regulation to send the Chiefs to their first overtime game of the year.
Spokane jumped out to a 1-0 lead 5:29 into the game on Cole Wedman's 2nd goal of the season from Adam Helewka. Tri City tied the game on a Zach Yuen goal midway through the period to make it 1-1 through one. The Chiefs would take a 2-1 lead 9:03 into the second period when Blake Gal scored his first goal of the year from Brenden Kichton and Reid Gow. Kichton would then score his 9th of the season at 14:20 to put Spokane up 3-1. Tri City would draw back to within 3-2 on a goal with just 13 seconds left in the second.
The Ams would even the game at three on a Beau McCue goal midway through the third period. Spokane would re-take the lead on Collin Valcourt's 9th goal of the season at 16:26 to make it 4-3 Spokane. Marcus Messier would tie the game as Tri City had the extra attacker on the ice at 19:43 of the third to tie the game at 4 and send it to overtime, where Stromwall would win it.
Tri City outshot Spokane 42-39 in the game, but the Chiefs held a 22-8 shot advantage in the third period. Both teams were 0-2 on the power play, as the win pushed Tri City 1 point ahead of Spokane for second place in the division. The two teams will meet again at the Spokane Arena Saturday night at 7:05pm.