Americans 2, Chiefs 1, end of game: Steve Kuhn scored for Spokane in the third, but the Americans held on for a 2-1 win — in regulation. Ty Rimmer had 24 saves in the win, while Eric Williams had 27 saves in taking his second consecutive loss.
Game 4 is Friday at Spokane Arena.
Americans 2, Chiefs 0, end of second: Some good action, but no scoring in the second. Rimmer with a couple of dandy saves.
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The Chiefs are taking a few liberties, but just frustration setting in from being down 2-0 on home ice.
Spokane is a dangerous team. Should be an exciting third period.
Americans 2, Chiefs 0, end of first: With goals by Nate MacMaster and Brendan Shinnimin, the Americans have a 2-0 lead over the Chiefs.
So much for goal replay. We got the second one, but the first one never came up on the big board. When you have the technology, use it.
What ever did we do before books on tape (CDs actually)? Great company when you travel alone. I'm finishing the one I started on my journey to Everett and back. I think I have enough left to get me home.
A pretty uneventful trip to Spokane. I had to stop for gas because whoever drove the company car last, thought a half tank was good. I didn't realize it was that low until I was halfway to Connell. Never stopped in Sprague before, but now I have.
Tonight, we have Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Tri-City Americans and Spokane Chiefs. The series is tied at 1-1. Game 4 is here in Spokane on Friday, and Game 5 is Saturday at Toyota Center.
The Americans were 4-2 at Spokane Arena during the regular season. I really like covering games here. We get goal replays on the big screen, and we have a good seats up here in the press box.
Ty Rimmer (5-1) is in goal for the Americans. He leads the playoff goalies with a 1.58 goals against average, and is second in save percentage at .939, but the top guy, Brandon Glover from Calgary is no longer playing.
On the Tri-City scratch list are Drydn Dow (arm), Beau McCue, Lukas Walter, Marcus Messier (concussion) and Jesse Mychan (foot).
For Spokane, Eric Wiliams is in net. Williams, who was 0-3 against the Americans during the regular season, is 5-1 in the playoffs with a win and a loss to Tri-City. On the Spokane scratch list are Brenden Kichton (jaw) and Marek Kalus. Someone else will have to join them, but it's not clear who that will be.
All four playoff series are on the schedule tonight.
Edmonton, who has a 3-0 series lead over Brandon, is lead the Wheat Kings 5-0 in the third period.
Moose Jaw, who has a 3-0 series lead over Medicine Hat, is trailing the Tigers 3-1 at the end of the first.
And, Portland has a 3-0 lead over Kamloops heading into tonight's game. The Winterhawks can finish off the Blazers tonight, then will have to wait for the winner of the Tri-City-Spokane series, which could stretch until next Wednesday if it goes 7 games.
Portland's Oliver Gabriel is in the middle of a four-game suspension for taking out Kamloops goalie Cole Cheveldave in Game 1 of their series.
Puck drops in 10.