Tri-City Americans

Spokane ends slide on home ice vs. TC

SPOKANE -- After losing six straight games on home ice, the Spokane Chiefs weren't going to give the Tri-City Americans the satisfaction of stretching that skid to seven games.

Jared Spurgeon scored the game-winner at 13:15 of the third period to lead the Chiefs to a 2-1 victory over the Americans before a crowd of 10,522 on Saturday night at Spokane Arena.

The Americans (30-11-0-1, 61 points), who host Chilliwack today, saw their lead over Portland shrink to seven points in the U.S. Division standings. Tri-City has a 10-point lead over Spokane (24-15-3-0, 51 points).

After a scoreless first period, the Chiefs got on the board early in the second when Tyler Johnson backhanded the puck past Tri-City goalie Drew Owsley. It was Johnson's first goal for Spokane since returning from the World Junior Champion-ship, where he helped Team USA win a gold medal.

The Americans outshot the Chiefs 27-23 over the first two periods, but Spokane goalie James Reid turned away every puck.

With time running out, Tri-City evened the score at 1 as Jordan Messier took a pass from Todd Kennedy and beat Reid for his 15th goal of the season.

Spokane, which has won nine of it last 11 at home against Tri-City, got the game winner 41/2 minutes later from Spurgeon.

Owsley, who leads the WHL with 27 wins, finished with 30 saves.

Reid had 34 saves for the Chiefs, who evened the 12-game season series with the Americans at 3-3.