Chiefs 3, Americans 2 (OT):Mitch Holmberg scored from the left wing at 1:06 of overtime to lead Spokane to a 3-2 victory.
The Chiefs take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 series. Game 2 is Saturday at Toyota Center.
Americans 2, Chiefs 2, end of regulation: It's going OT here at Toyota Center.
Darren Kramer gave Spokane at 2-1 lead at 2:39, but the Americans came back to tie the score at 14:34 with a goal by Mason Wilgosh.
In the last 19 playoff games between these teams, 12 have gone to OT or more.
Americans 1, Chiefs 1, end of second: Spokane evens the score at 16:22 with a goal by Mike Aviani.
Brendan Shinnimin knocked the puck away from the Chiefs on the penalty kill and went up ice toward the net. Spokane's Steven Kuhn cross-checked Shinnimin into the net and Chiefs goalie Eric Williams, but no call was made. Officials said Shinnimin lost control. Maybe they should have video replay.
In the Eastern Conference semifinals, Edmonton beat Brandon 2-1 and Moose Jaw beat Medicine Hat 2-1. And, in Portland, Kamloops leads the Winterhaws 3-1 after two periods.
Americans 1, Chiefs 0, end of first: The Americans have a 1-0 lead after the first with a power-play goal by Brendan Shinnimin at 8:05.
The Ams had three power plays in the period, with the first coming at 3:02 when Spokane's Marek Kalus upended Adam Hughesman behind the play. I'm surprised Kalus only got two minutes considering Hughesman did not have the puck and the hit did not have to happen. Guys got suspended for a game the last series for the same thing. All I ask for is consistency.
Spokane thought it had a goal at 8:18 by Todd Fiddler, but Ty Rimmer was interfered with before the puck went in the net, negating the goal.
Shots are 10-7 Spokane.
Puck will drop soon. I think: OK, the puck was supposed to drop at 7:05, but here we are at 7:10 and we are still doing starting lineups and we still have the anthem to go. Hmmm ....
Pregame: Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals tonight between the Tri-City Americans and Spokane Chiefs.
In goal for the Americans is Ty Rimmer, who was 4-0 against Everett in a first-round sweep.
On the Tri-City scratch list are Dryden Dow (arm), Beau McCue, Lukas Walter, Marcus Messier (concussion) and Jesse Mychan (Achilles tendon).
For Spokane, Eric Williams gets the start after coming in and posting 4 consecutive wins after the Chiefs trailed Vancouver 2-0 in the first round.
Scratched are Tyler King, Brendan Kichton (jaw) and Carter Proft.
This is the 16th meeting this season (preseason and regular season) between the teams. The Americans are 11-4 in that stretch of games.
I'm seeing a good mix of Tri-City and Spokane fans. With just two hours or so from rink to rink, there's no reason not to make the drive.
Puck drops in 25.