EVERETT, Wash. – Rookie forward Eli Zummack scored twice and earned an assist but it wasn’t enough on Sunday afternoon as the Spokane Chiefs lost to the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-3. Spokane moved to 1-2-0-0 in the preseason.
The Thunderbirds broke through first, at the 7:53 mark of the opening frame, with a goal from rookie forward Elijah Brown.
Taylor Ross scored his first goal of the preseason to tie the game at 9:29, beating starting goalie Ryan Gilchrist from the slot. Zummack and defenseman Jeff Faith earned assists on the play.
Seattle regained the lead with a power play goal from defenseman Ethan Bear at the 3:59 mark of the second period, off assists from Alexander True and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Keegan Kolesar.
Zummack responded with two goals in 94 seconds, beginning with a wrist shot at 9:22, with assists to Ross and Czech forward Pavel Kousal. He punched in his second on a rebound created by a Ross shot at 10:56, with Kousal again recording the secondary assist.
Seattle defenseman Brandon Schuldhaus evened it up at three apiece with a slap shot from the point past goaltender Matt Berlin, who was screened on the play.
Overage forward Scott Eansor ripped one past Berlin with a man advantage just over a minute into the third period, off assists from Schuldhaus and Nolan Volcan, to give the Thunderbirds their final 4-3 lead.
Donovan Buskey started in goal for Spokane and stopped 18 of 20 shots in 30:56 of ice time. Berlin turned away 12 of 14 in 27:22. Seattle’s Gilchrist earned the win with 25 saves on 28 shots.
The Chiefs went 0-for-5 on the power play and 3-f0r-5 on the penalty kill.
Spokane’s next preseason game will be against the Everett Silvertips in Kennewick, Wash. on Wednesday, September 7 at 3 p.m.
The Spokane Chiefs open the 2016-17 regular season on the road on September 24 before kicking off the home schedule with Bud Light Opening Night on Saturday, October 1 versus the Tri-City Americans at Spokane Arena. Ticket packages are on sale now and start as low as $70. For more information, stop by the Chiefs’ Ticket Office in-person on the southeast corner of Spokane Arena, call 509-535-PUCK or click here.