Americans lose at home to Spokane, 4-2 - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather

Americans lose at home to Spokane, 4-2

Kennewick, WA- The Tri-City Americans (2-4) struggled in their final home pre-season game, and Colin Valcourt scored two goals and an assist for the Spokane Chiefs (5-1) on their way to a 4-2 victory.

Valcourt got Spokane started late in the first, putting it past Eric Comrie. The Americans had eight shots on Chiefs' goalie Eric Williams, but couldn't get one by as Spokane led 1-0 after the first period.

Tri-City's struggles continued in the second period, putting 14 shots on net but not getting any by Williams or Mac Engel. Spokane would add another goal off a faceoff that Adam Helewka put past Comrie. Late in the period, Tanner Mort slapped a shot from the point, with Comrie making the save, but Valcourt put home the rebound for his second goal of the game and making the score 3-0 going into the third period.

Spokane would add another at the beginning of the third, with Brenden Kichton shooting a one timer into the top left corner of the goal on the power play to make it 4-0. The Americans finally got on the board when Parker Wotherspoon hit a slap shot from the point, and Lucas Nickles grabbed the rebound and put it past Engel. Tri-City would score again late in the period with Justin Feser skating through the Spokane defense and slipping the puck into the net to bring the Americans within two.

Comrie came off for the extra skater with about a minute and a half left in the game, but the Ams offense couldn't generate a goal as the game ended.

Comrie saved 13 shots in 58:38 minutes of work. Williams saved all 19 shots he faced, and Engel saved 11-of-13 in relief.

Tri-City has one last pre-season game tomorrow, Sept. 15 at the Kelowna Rockets, with the puck drop at 7 p.m. The regular season begins a week from tomorrow on Saturday, Sept. 22, when the rivalry becomes real against the Spokane Chiefs. The puck drops at 7 p.m. at the Toyota Center. Tickets are available online at, at any Ticketmaster outlet, at the Toyota Center box office or at Fred Meyer outlets. The game will also be broadcast on TV on MeTV 42.2 and Charter Channel 280, as well as on the radio on NewsTalk 870 AM.

  • Tri-City Americans

    • Watch all of the NHL draft highlights here in the Path to the Draft, including the moments the four Tri-City Americans were selected. Brought to you by Russ Dean RV and Hockey Source.

    • Watch the Tri-City Americans play the Seattle Thunderbirds here!
    • Tri-City Americans Power Play @ 7:00

      WATCH NOW: Watch the Tri-City Americans Power Play, starting at 7:00! 

    • Two Americans players and two best friends

      TRI-CITIES, WA - It's no secret that the Americans have two of hockey's biggest and brightest prospects with Michael Rasmussen and Juuso Valimaki. But what you might not know is that they have a very unique friendship. "Well at first, for a shy Finnish guy to come up here and play hockey, it was a little bit weird to have a roommate and some guy that actually talked to you and spend time with," said Juuso Valimaki, Americans Defenseman. "But after days and after weeks...
    • Tri-City Americans Power Play @ 7:30 9/21

      WATCH NOW: Watch the Tri-City Americans Power Play, starting at 7:30!

    • Americans Top Prince George 5-2

      The Tri-City Americans (3-1-1-0, 7 pts) fell behind early to the Prince George Cougars (1-3-0-0, 2 pts), but took the lead in the second period and never looked back, earning a 5-2 win in front of 2,409 at the CN Centre on Friday Night.