Americans 2, Chiefs 1, end of game: Justin Feser's third-period goal stood up as the game winner as the Americans evened the series at one game apiece.
Corbin Baldwin's shot in the waning seconds found the net at the buzzer, but was an eighth of a second late in tying the game and sending it to overtime.
Game 3 is Wednesday in Spokane.
Americans 1, Chiefs 0, end of second: No scoring in the second, but not for lack of trying. Americans have 14-7 shot advantage in the period and 25-14 in the game.
Americans 1, Chiefs 0, end of first: A they did Friday night, the Americans take a 1-0 lead in the first period. Adam Hughesman scored on a nice cross-ice pass from Brendan Shinnimin at 13:21.
The Americans' PK has been solid, killing off all three Spokane PPs.
Tri-City has an 11-7 shot advantage.
Pregame: Here we are for Game 2 between the Tri-City Americans and Spokane Chiefs.
Spokane won Game 1, 3-2 in overtime, on a goal by Mitch Holmberg. The Chiefs took advantage of a loose puck in the neutral zone, then had a 3-on-1 going to the net against Ty Rimmer.
Rimmer played more than well enough to get the win, but sloppy play and turnovers allowed the Chiefs extra opportunities that are uncharacteristic of the Americans.
I’m looking for Tri-City coach Jim Hiller to put the line of Brendan Shinnimin, Adam Hughesman and Patrick Holland back together. Holland moved onto the top line when Connor Rankin was hurt the game before Christmas break.
With everyone healthy going into the Everett series, Holland went back to playing with Justin Feser and Jesse Mychan, while Mason Wilgosh was moved to the top line with his longtime Winnipeg teammates. Wilgosh has 4 playoffs goals, but I’m not sure he’s the right guy on that line — no offense to Wilgosh — but the timing is off.
With Mychan hurt and out of action, and the Chiefs breathing down their necks, this seems to be an opportune time for the Americans’ three 100-point players to combine forces once again. Just saying.
Tonight’s lineups: Rimmer is in goal for the Americans, with Drydn Dow (arm), Jesse Mychan (Achilles tendon), Marcus Messier (concussion), Lukas Walter and Beau McCue on the scratch list.
Eric Williams is back in goal for Spokane after a 30-save performance Friday. Scratched are Brendan Kichton (jaw), Marek Kalus and Tyler King.
A picture is worth a 1,000 words: Hopefully you all wenthere and checked out the gallery of photos from Friday’s game. I’m pretty sure had Wilgosh not had his glove between the crossbar and his face, he might have lost a tooth or two (picture No. 9).
Semifinal discipline: Medicine Hat’s Emerson Etem is awaiting suspension for a major kneeing penalty and a game misconduct from Friday’s game vs. Moose Jaw. Etem makes the Tigers roar. Without him, they could find themselves down 2-0 after tonight’s game. ... Portland’s Oliver Gabriel is TBD under suplimental discipline vs. Kamloops on Friday. Portland also was fined $250 for a warmup violation Friday. Since the playoffs started, there have been 16 suspensions for a total of 19 games, with Etem and Gabriel TBD. Also, the WHL has handed out four fines for a total of $3,750.