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Chiefs End Road Trip With 4-1 Loss at Tri-City

he game marks the end of a four-game road trip for the Chiefs, during which they won 3-of-4 games. he game marks the end of a four-game road trip for the Chiefs, during which they won 3-of-4 games.

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - The Chiefs closed their four-game road trip on Saturday night with just their second loss in eight games, falling 4-1 to the Tri-City Americans in Kennewick. Spokane forward Taylor Ross scored his second goal of the season in the losing effort.

After a scoreless first period, the Americans got the scoring under way at the 6:09 mark of the second. Vladislav Lukin, who had 2 goals and 2 assists versus the Chiefs a week ago at Spokane Arena, fired a shot from the point that was deflected in front of the net by Michael Rasmussen. Chiefs’ goaltender Tyson Verhelst got a piece of the puck but it trickled behind him where Tyler Sandhu was able to tap it past the goal line to give Tri-City a 1-0 lead.

Tri-City took advantage of a Chiefs turnover with just over five minutes remaining in the second to go up 2-0. Beau McCue jumped on a loose puck and took it to the high slot before firing a shot that was blocked by Spokane forward Curtis Miske. The ricochet found Austyn Playfair, younger brother of former Chief Jackson Playfair, in the right circle as he found the net for his third goal of the season.

The Americans poured it on to take a 3-0 lead just 2:18 later as Rasmussen flipped the puck from the boards to a wide open Sandhu, who wristed a shot between Verhelst’s legs. Boston Bruins prospect Brandon Carlo also earned an assist on the play.

McCue scored a goal of his own – his 20th of the season – at the 2:17 mark into the third period to make it 4-0. Maxwell James took the puck around the Chiefs’ net and flipped it off a Spokane defenseman’s skate

Ross scored his second goal of the season to put the Chiefs on the board at the 6:20 mark of the third period. Keanu Yamamoto threw a soft pass toward the net from the right point that Ross settled before beating Americans’ goalie Evan Sarthou to make it a 4-1 game.

Spokane finished the game 0-for-5 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill. Verhelst made 35 saves to Sarthou’s 27. The Chiefs remain in 3rd place in the U.S. Division with 57 points, two points behind the Seattle Thunderbirds.

The game marks the end of a four-game road trip for the Chiefs, during which they won 3-of-4 games. They next return to Spokane Arena on Wednesday, February 10 versus the Portland Winterhawks for a TicketsWest Player Magnet Giveaway Night.

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