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Chiefs Fall in Wild One at Tri-City, 6-5

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Adam Helewka scored two goals but the Chiefs dropped a high scoring game to the Americans, 6-5. Adam Helewka scored two goals but the Chiefs dropped a high scoring game to the Americans, 6-5.

by Chiefs Media Relations

Tri Cities scored two goals late in the third period as the Americans snapped the Spokane Chiefs 4 game winning streak with a 6-5 win Saturday night in Kennewick, WA. It was the Chiefs first loss to their arch rivals in 4 contests this season.

Spokane took a 1-0 lead on Dominic Zwerger's power play goal at 3:28 of the first period. Tri City would even the game just 1:08 later on a Brian Williams goal. The Chiefs Markson Bechtold would score his 6th of the year midway through the first to give the lead back to Spokane at 2-1. Bechtold then gave the Chiefs a 3-1 lead with his second of the game on the power play at 19:39 of the first. 

Tri City cut the lead to 3-2 on a Parker Bowles power play goal at 3:53 of the second period. Ethan McIndoe's second goal in as many game would extend the lead back to 2 for Spokane at 7:13 at 4-2. Another Tri City power play tally would narrow the gap to 4-3 for the Americans, but Adam Helewka's team leading 11th goal of the year on a 5 on 3 power play would put the Chiefs back ahead 5-3 at the 11:23 mark. The Americans would score late in the period after a costly Spokane turnover inside their blue line to leave the game at 5-4 Spokane after two. Starting goalie Tyson Verhelst was relieved by Lasse Petersen after Tri City's fourth goal.

In the third, Spokane held the lead until a 4 on 4 late in the period. The Americans would get goals from Bowles and Parker Wotherspoon past Petersen in a 1:11 span to complete the come from behind win. It was just the 4th time in 13 games that Spokane had lost a game leading into the third period. Kailer Yamamoto finished with a season high 4 assists in the loss for the Chiefs as Spokane outshot Tri City 38-28 in the game. The Chiefs went 3-8 on the power play but just 3-5 on the penalty kill.

Spokane will return home to open a 4 game homestand Saturday at 7:05pm when they host Tri City in the back half of the home and home series.

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