SPOKANE -- Mitch Holmberg scored with 1:28 left in overtime to lead Spokane to a 6-5 WHL victory over the Tri-City Americans on Saturday night at Spokane Arena.
The Chiefs (1-2-0-0, 2 points), who picked up their first win, handed the Americans their first loss, though Tri-City did pick up a point.
"We got behind real quick," said Tri-City coach Jim Hiller. "(Tyler) Johnson was moving early -- he had a goal and two assists in the first nine minutes -- and we were flat footed. Give our guys credit -- we regrouped after the second. We should have had more (goals) but we hit a few crossbars."
Tri-City (4-0-1-0, 9 points), which scored the first goal of the game as Kruise Reddick connected in the high slot, trailed most of the night before dominating the third period.
Trailing 4-3, the Americans got a pair of goals from Adam Hughesman just a minute apart to take a 5-4 lead with 14:08 left in regulation.
Spokane's Blake Gal tied the game at 5 with a minute remaining in regulation to force overtime.
Brooks Macek and Patrick Holland also scored for Tri-City, while Brendan Shinnimin had three assists.
Americans goalie Alex Pechurskiy, who allowed three first-period goals, finished with 33 saves.
"Alex had a tough time, there's no way to sugar coat that one," Hiller said. "He just has to work a little harder. There's got to be desperation in your play whether you are a forward, defenseman or goalie."
Tri-City left Spokane after the game, embarking on a 16-hour bus ride to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where the Americans will make camp during their six-game trip through the East Division.
The Americans play at Prince Albert on Tuesday and at Saskatoon on Wednesday.