SPOKANE - Despite visions of sugar plums in their head, the Tri-City Americans had to first focus on the first-place Spokane Chiefs before they headed off for holiday break.
Consider their vision 20/20.
Colton Yellow Horn notched a goal and an assist and the Tri-City Americans (25-7-1-0, 51 pts) penalty kill went a perfect 6-for-6, as they defeated the Spokane Chiefs (26-6-1-2, 55 pts) 4-1 at Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane.
With the win, the Americans improve to 3-1 against their division rivals this season and pull to within four points of first place in the U.S. Division and the Western Conference. Meanwhile, despite having their four-game winning streak snapped, the Chiefs will enter the break first-overall in the Western Hockey League.
At the 6:31 mark of the first period, the Americans started the scoring with their first shot of the contest.
While killing off a Brett Plouffe penalty, Yellow Horn broke through the Spokane zone and fired a shot off the right post, past Spokane net minder Kevin Armstrong, giving Tri-City the early 1-0 lead.