CHIEFS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HOME ICE, CRUISE TO 5-2 WIN
SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane Chiefs scored the first five goals of the game and cruised their way to a 5-2 win in Game 3 of their 2016 WHL Playoffs Round One series versus the Victoria Royals on Tuesday night. Forward Keanu Yamamoto led the Chiefs with three assists – he has five in the postseason – as Spokane earned their first victory in the best-of-seven series.
Team captain Jason Fram opened the scoring for Spokane at the 7:26 mark of the first period, firing a shot through traffic from the right circle to beat Victoria goaltender Coleman Vollrath for his first goal of the playoffs.
The Chiefs tacked on another goal ten minutes later as defenseman Jordan Henderson, who didn’t score a goal during the regular season, sent a slap shot from the point off a Victoria defender and into the net to make it a 2-0 game.
Spokane returned to the ice after the first intermission and again controlled play, eventually breaking through for the third time as Hudson Elynuik scored his third goal of the playoffs on a power play at the 9:06 mark. Elynuik hesitated with the puck in the right circle before snapping a wrist shot high into the twine.
Overage forward Presten Kopeck scored what would become the insurance goal seven minutes later, taking advantage of a sustained offensive pressure by the Chiefs to find a rebound and tap it in for his first career postseason goal.
Rookie Jaret Anderson-Dolan capped the Chiefs’ scoring with his own first playoff goal just 29 seconds after the Kopeck tally, again taking advantage of a rebound opportunity to zip a shot past the recovering visiting goaltender and give Spokane a 5-0 lead into the second intermission.
The Royals scored their two goals of the game in the third period with the game well in hand as rookies Matthew Phillips and Scott Walford each punched in their first playoff goals at 3:40 and 18:02, respectively.
The Chiefs gained a game in the series and now trail two games to one. Game 4 is scheduled for Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. at Spokane Arena. Tickets are on sale via TicketsWest online at www.ticketswest.com and via the Chiefs’ Ticket Office over the phone at 509-535-PUCK.