SPOKANE -- For the third time in seven days, the Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans squared off -- with the same result each time.
Dominik Uher scored a pair of goals and Mac Engel finished with 26 saves as the Chiefs broke open a scoreless game late in the second period en route to a 3-1 win over the Americans before 10,216 fans at Spokane Arena.
The Americans (37-19-2-2, 78 points), who have lost three of their last four games, will play at Vancouver today.
Spokane (40-17-4-2, 86 points), which trails Western Conference leader Portland by one point, has won six of the 10 meetings against Tri-City this season.
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After nearly 40 minutes of scoreless play, Uher put the Chiefs on the board with 1:12 to play in the second period.
The Chiefs struck again, this time just 16 seconds into the third period as Matt Marantz picked up a loose puck in the slot and buried it for a 2-0 lead.
The Americans got back into the game at 4:53 as David Conrad, a former Spokane Chief, backhanded the puck out the corner past Engel for his ninth goal of the season.
With time running out, Tri-City pulled goalie Chris Driedger for an extra attacker with 90 seconds to play. The Americans put a flurry of shots on goal, but were unable to get anything past Engel.
As soon as the Chiefs were able to clear the zone, Uher scored his second of the night in an empty net with 54 second remaining.
Driedger, in his sixth start since Drew Owsley went down with a knee injury two weeks ago in Spokane, finished with 37 saves.
With an assist on Uher's second goal, Tyler Johnson has 103 points on the season, best in the Western Conference.