SPOKANE -- The Spokane Arena hosted 9,856 enthusiastic fans as the Chiefs dropped their first home game of the year by a 4-1 score to their division rival Tri-City Americans in a 4-1 loss.
With the win the Tri-City now leads the season series three games to one.
The visiting team got off to a fast start jumping out to a three goal lead in the first period. Jordan Messier got things started for the Americans, scoring from the left side of the crease on the power play at 3:40 of the first.
Nathan MacMaster found rebound and blasted it home at 12:47 of the first to give Tri Cities a two goal lead. Adam Hughesman finished off the scoring in the first by blasting a slap shot from the left face off circle.
Mike Aviani put the Chiefs on the board at 19:35 of the second picking up the puck on a rebound from Davis Vandane and scoring with his backhand.
Luke Lee-Knight stopped 16 of the 17 shots he faced after replacing Mac Engel 13:45 into the first period.
Tri-Cities scored the loan goal of the third period when Drydn Dow tipped in a Patrick Holland shot at 13:23.
The Chiefs went 0-5 on the powerplay, and the Americans were 1-3. Tri City outshot the Chiefs 25-24. Aviani was the games third star, with Hughesman and Messier earning the second and first stars respectively.
The Chiefs welcome the Everett Silvertips to the Arena tomorrow night with the puck dropping at 6pm.