After rushing out to a 3-0 lead after two periods, the Tri City Americans fell to Spokane 5-4 in overtime Tuesday, ending their 2010-2011 season in the Western Conference Semi Finals of the Western Hockey League.

Powered by goals from Adam Hughesman and two from Patrick Holland, the Ams fought to a 3-0 lead, only to see Spokane rebound to take a 4-3 lead late in the third.  The Ams went ahead 4-3 only to see Spokane rebound to tie it and send the game to overtime.  Levko Koper banged in the winning shot, and Spokane is off to the Conference Finals while the Ams headed home.  This was the 8th overtime game in 13 playoff meetings dating back to the epic 2008 season.  That year, five of the seven games went extra time, two went double overtime, and this season was no different.  The last three straight games went double OT and overtime twice.  The Ams and Chiefs continue to rewrite the WHL record books, as what is known about overtime games, the Chiefs and Ams have had the most in the playoffs vs each other.   And this is just over two seasons.  Tri City and Spokane did not meet in the 2009 season playoffs, as the Ams beat Chilliwack, Kelowna and Vancouver on their way to their first Western Conference Title.   Spokane was eliminated that year by Kelowna.  As we get ready for 2011-12, the Ams will say goodbye to 20 year olds Neil Prokop, Captain Kruise Reddick, and all time Ams record holding defenseman Tyler Schmidt.    Start thinking about next year by getting those season tickets with the Ams, www.amshockey.com.  And Newstalk 870 will again be your home for the Ams on radio and streaming next year. GO AMS!