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Beach scores 2 in Chiefs' 5-3 win over Ams

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SPOKANE, Wash. - New Spokane Chief Kyle Beach overcame an early penalty and scored two goals in the Spokane Chiefs' 5-2 win over the Tri-City Americans Saturday night.

The Chiefs began a season long celebration of their 25th anniversary in their home opener in front of 9,504 fans and moved to 2-0-1-0 on the season with five points. 

"It kind of leapfrogs us up on top of the US division - as early as it is," said coach Hardy Sauter.  "You know, still, that's something we have our sights on, I thought for the most part we played real, real good and hopefully we did things that we can learn from in our upcoming game against Portland."

Stefan Ulmer had three assists and Jared Cowen and Mitch Wahl each had a goal and helper as the Chiefs won the first of 12 meetings on the season between the two rivals.

Tri-City scored first, 2:17 into the game, on a power play after Beach opened the game with a penalty 46-seconds in.  Jarrett Toll, the Americans captain, put them on the board with assists from Brendan Shinnimin and Sergei Drozd.

The Chiefs would score the next five goals as Mitch Wahl tied it up at 8:35 of the first from Beach and Levko Koper, who had a pair of points on the night.

Brett Bartman's slap shot from the left point at 1:38 of the second put Spokane on top at 1:38.  Tanner Mort, who got his first career WHL point, and Tyler Johnson assisted on the goal.

Jared Cowen's first goal of the season was a blast from the circle 39-seconds into the third and acted as the eventual game winner.  The American took a pair of penalties, a rough and an elbow, at 2:12 of the period and put the Chiefs on a five-one-three for a full two-minutes.  The Chiefs kept the puck in the Americans zone for a majority of the power play finally cashed in when Beach scored his first of the night at 3:57.  Cowen and Ulmer had the assists.

Beach then finished the scoring for Spokane at 10:46.

Tri-City put the final goal on the board as they scored on a five-minute major at 16:11 after T.C. Cratsenberg received a match-penalty.

The Chiefs outshot the Americans 37-25, including 32-11 in the final two periods.  The Chiefs were 2-5 on the power play and 3-5 on the penalty kill. 

Spokane will return to action next Friday night on The Black Book by Hagadone Directories Magnet Schedule giveaway night when the Chiefs host the Portland Winterhawks at 7:00.  Spokane and Tri-City will play again next Saturday in the first installment of their rivalry in Kennewick. 

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