SPOKANE Malte Strömwall scored the game-winner just 21 seconds into overtime to lead the Tri-City Americans past the Spokane Chiefs 4-3 on Saturday night, silencing a packed house of 10,366 at Spokane Arena.
It was a great one. No better way to describe it, said Tri-City coach Jim Hiller, whose team has won three in a row over the Chiefs.
The Americans (27-17-1-2, 57 points) trail the fourth-place Chiefs (28-16-2-0, 58 points) by a point in the Western Confer-ence standings. Spokane has lost three in a row.
Luke Lee-Knight was spectacular in net for the Americans, posting 39 saves against his former team.
He made some great saves, Hiller said. A handful of the sensational variety.
Parker Bowles scored two goals for Tri-City, while Jesse Mychan, with his sixth goal in four games, gave the Americans a 3-2 lead at 11:23 of the third period. Justin Feser added two assists.
Spokanes Dylan Walchuk tied the score at 3-3 with a power-play goal at 14:40.
Todd Fiddler and Carter Proft also scored for the Chiefs, while Eric Williams finished with 18 saves.
The Americans and Chiefs are tied at 4-4 with four games remaining in their 12-game series.
Tri-City begins a four-game home stretch Tuesday against Seattle, while Medicine Hat is at Toyota Center on Friday and Portland visits Saturday.