Americans 5, Chiefs 3, end of game: Connor Rankin's empty net goal at 19:00 sealed the win for Tri-City.
Tri-City leads the series 3-2. Game 6 is Monday at Spokane.
Americans 4, Chiefs 3, end of second: What a wild period. Reid Gow gives Spokane a 2-1 lead just 41 seconds into the period, then Adam Hughesman ties it at 2 with a PP goal at 7:37. Dominik Uher, the hero of Game 4, scores shorthanded to put Spokane up 3-2 at 11:08. Just after the Ams PP expires, Mitch Topping scores from the point to tie at 3 at 11:53. Justin Hamonic, with his first goal of the playoffs, scored for Tri-City at 16:44 to give Tri-City a 4-3 lead.
I'm sure the third period will be just as wild.
Americans 1, Chiefs 1, end of first: Spokane scores first on a Tri-City turnover as Steve Kuhn beat Ty Rimmer at the left post at 4:04.
The Americans came back to tie at 13:33 as Patrick Holland gathered a rebound off an Adam Hughesman shot and put the puck in the net.
Tri-City has a 14-8 shot advantage.
Pregame: Game 5 between the Tri-City Americans and Spokane Chiefs on tap tonight. The Western Conference semifinal series is tied at 2 games apiece.
The teams are out on the ice for warmups. It looks a little dark over center ice, and it should, there are three lights out — 2 above center ice and one to the left of the press box. Hopefully they aren't burned out and will come to life by game time.
Spokane coach Don Nachbaur is paying close attention to the Americans during warmups. He knows what some of his former players are capable of. That must keep him up at night.
Tonight's starters: Ty Rimmer is in goal for Tri-City. Sam Grist and Zach Yuen on defense, and Mason Wilgosh, Justin Feser and Brian Williams up front.
The Americans 100-point line of Brendan Shinnimin, Adam Hughesman and Patrick Holland are back together. Been waiting for that since the start of the Everett series.
For Spokane, Eric Williams is in goal, Tanner Mort and Corbin Baldwin are on defense, and Darren Kramer, Mike Aviani and Mitch Holmberg are the forwards.
Not sure if anyone is out there reading this. Would be nice to know.
Puck drops in 5.