Tri-City Americans

Ams falter against Chiefs

SPOKANE -- On a night when they could have kept the rest of the U.S. Division at arm's length, the Tri-City Americans dropped their fifth straight game to the Spokane Chiefs.

James Reid finished with 31 saves and five different Spokane players scored goals en route to a 5-2 victory over Tri-City before a sold-out crowd of 10,529 at Spokane Arena.

After holding off Everett on Friday, the division-leading Americans (43-18-1-2, 89 points) saw their lead slip to two points with the loss and an Everett win over Prince George. The Chiefs (40-21-3-1, 84 points) are third.

Tri-City, which will play at Seattle today, is in the midst of a seven-game road trip because Toyota Center is holding two weeks worth of basketball tournaments. The Americans return to home ice March 10.

Patrick Holland opened the scoring at 7:43 of the first period, putting the puck between Reid's pads for his 15th goal of the season.

Kyle Beach evened the score at 15:32 on the power play, and Levko Koper gave Spokane a 2-1 lead, as his shot deflected off a Tri-City stick past Drew Owsley.

Neal Prokop pulled Tri-City to within 3-2 with a power-play goal late in the second period.

The Americans lost Owsley midway through the third period when he strayed from the net to play the puck, collided with Spokane's Blake Gal and went down. His status is unknown.

Alex Pechurskiy took over in net and quickly gave up a goal to Brady Brassart. Spokane would add an empty-net goal with 38 seconds left in the game.

Tyler Johnson added three assists for Spokane, which plays its next three on the road.