Spokane, WA- Don Nachbaur's 1,000 WHL game went
just the way he pictured it.
The Spokane Chiefs (17-7-1-0, 35 pts) got off to a
quick start and held on late to earn a 5-2 victory over the Tri-City
Americans (16-8-1-1, 34 pts) at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in
Spokane redeemed their loss from last night, and has won four of
five against Tri-City this season. Spokane is now 12-2 at home this season. The
teams combined for 101 penalty minutes.
The game started off the same as last night, as Spokane scored
first on some good puck movement to set up a Blake Gal wrist shot into the goal
to earn the 1-0 lead. The Americans would strike back as Jesse Mychan scored on
a wraparound shot to tie the game with 17 seconds left in the period. Spokane
had two power plays and a 9-5 shot advantage in the period, but both teams had
about the same amount of good scoring chances and went into the second period
tied at one.
Todd Fiddler started off the second period the way Spokane wanted,
as he scored 1:16 in to give the Chiefs the lead again 2-1. Spokane had two
power plays in the period, but couldn't capitalize on either. The Chiefs outshot
the Americans again 9-5 in the period. The Americans found themselves in a
similar position as last night, faced with overcoming a one goal deficit heading
into the third period.
Tri-City tied the game early in the third period as Parker Bowles
fired a wrist shot into the goal from the left faceoff circle. Spokane retook
the lead on an Eric Comrie mistake as he left the net to play the puck. He shot
it around the glass right to Mitch Holmberg, who shot it into the net before
Comrie could get back to the net to make it 3-2. The Americans pushed hard in
the final minutes of the game, but didn't have the same magic as last night.
Liam Stewart scored a goal in the final two minutes and an empty net goal in the
final minute to seal the victory for Spokane.
With an assist tonight, Justin Feser moved into 11th alone on the
Americans all-time assist list. He also tied Dylan Stanley for 9th on the
Americans all-time points list.
Nachbaur coached almost half of his 1,000 career WHL games with the
Tri-City Americans. From 2003 to 2009, coaching in 423 games and wins in 229 of
Comrie made 24 saves in the loss, while Spokane goalie Eric
Williams made 19 saves in the win.
Wednesday, March 27 2013 3:11 AM EDT2013-03-27 07:11:49 GMT
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Kennewick, WA- Tri-City was pushed to the brink of a 3-0 deficit. But the Americans stared that fate down and would not be denied a win tonight.
Tri-City scored three goals in the second period to tie the game, and Parker Bowles netted the game winning goal 10:46 into overtime to lift the Tri-City Americans past the Spokane Chiefs 5-4 in overtime at the Toyota Center in Game 3 of the 2013 WHL First Round Playoff Series.More >>