Chiefs Narrowly Outgunned by T-Birds in Kennewick

Larry Brunt

The Spokane Chiefs were narrowly defeated in pre-season play in Kennewick on Friday afternoon, losing 7-6 in a shootout to the Seattle Thunderbirds. It is the second-straight shootout loss for the Chiefs during their exhibition schedule.

Seattle’s Zack Andrusiak scored at the 3:34 mark of the first period to open the scoring, but Taylor Ross scored twice – at 12:47 and 16:41 to give the Chiefs a 2-1 lead. Matthew Wedman, brother of former Chief Cole Wedman, tied it at two apiece with 2:20 left in the opening frame.

Rookie Cedric Chenier scored his first goal in Spokane’s red, white and blue uniform, unassisted on a power play midway through the second period to make it 3-2. Seattle bounced right back with two goals, including Wedman’s second of the night at 19:43 to regain the lead heading into the second intermission.

Ross capped his hat trick performance just 39 seconds into the third period, beating former Chief Matt Berlin to tie it up at 4-4.

It looked grim for the Chiefs as the T-Birds responded with two goals, including Wedman’s third of the night, to take a 6-4 lead with just under 15 minutes left in regulation. Spokane refused to give up, however, and goals from overage forward Rykr Cole and import winger Milos Fafrak to force overtime.

After a scoreless overtime, Wedman scored the game-winner in the shootout to earn the victory for Seattle.

The Chiefs outshot the Thunderbirds 38-30, finished 3-for-8 on the power play and 1-for-4 on the penalty kill.

Donovan Buskey earned the start in goal for Spokane and made 24 saves while Berlin made 32.

Spokane (2-1-0-2) continues their pre-season schedule tomorrow night in Kennewick to take on the host Tri-City Americans at 7:05 p.m.

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