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Chiefs Open Preseason With 5-3 Win Over Vancouver

Gary Peterson

EVERETT, Wash.  Curtis Miske scored twice and Kailer Yamamoto tallied three assists to lead the Spokane Chiefs to a 5-3 win over the Vancouver Giants to open their 2016 WHL Preseason schedule in Everett on Friday afternoon.

Second-year forward Jaret Anderson-Dolan opened the scoring for Spokane midway through the first period off assists from Yamamoto and 2015 WHL Bantam Draft first overall pick Ty Smith, who is eligible to join the Chiefs full time this season.

After a Vancouver goal from Hunor Torzsok tied it up just 24 seconds after Anderson-Dolan’s score, Miske scored his first of the preseason on a power play with only 10 seconds left in the first.

The Giants evened it up at 2-2 with a goal from overage forward Thomas Foster at 9:52 of the middle frame before Orange, California native Jake McGrew scored his first goal in a Chiefs uniform to regain the lead at 18:13.

Hayden Ostir, prepping for his sophomore WHL campaign, scored what would become the game-winning goal on a power play under four minutes into the third period. Yamamoto and Smith again paired up for assists.

Foster scored his second of the game midway through the third to bring the Giants back within one, but Miske responded with the insurance goal off an assist from Anderson-Dolan with 2:25 remaining in regulation to seal it for the Chiefs.

Donovan Buskey, a 16-year-old rookie, started in goal for the Chiefs and played all 60 minutes, stopping 15 of 18 shots. The Giants split time between Trent Miner (18-for-20 in 30:08) and David Tendeck (13-for-16 in 28:59).

Spokane went 2-for-6 on the power play and 2-for-3 on the penalty kill. The Chiefs outshot the Giants 36 to 18.

The Chiefs continue their preseason slate on Saturday in Everett, taking on the Portland Winterhawks at 11:30 a.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.

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