SPOKANE -- The Spokane Chiefs kicked off the weekend with a 3-1 win over the Tri-City Americans Friday night in Kennewick. A three goal third period lifted Spokane to their second straight win over the Americans in a week.
Tri-City's Brian Williams scored at 7:19 of the first period to give the Americans a 1-0 lead after one. Tri outshot Spokane 13-7 in the first. Neither team scored in the second as the Chiefs outshot the Ams 8-7. Spokane had 4 power plays in the second, while Tri-City had two, but neither team converted on the man advantage.
Collin Valcourt's 12th goal of the season jumpstarted the Chiefs in the third as he tallied from Connor Chartier at 5:08 of the third. Brenden Kichton would give Spokane a 2-1 lead on a power play goal at 10:56 from Todd Fiddler. Dominick Uher would seal the win with a shorthanded goal at 17:20 to give Spokane their first win in Kennewick in four tries.
Mac Engel allowed the one first period goal, but finished the night with 37 saves.
Spokane returns home to play back-to-back home games against the Portland Winterhawks Saturday and Sunday at Veterans Memorial Arena.