Elynuik Pots Two As Chiefs Prevail In Overtime
KENNEWICK, Wash. – Hudson Elynuik scored twice and added an assist to lead the Spokane Chiefs to a 4-3 overtime win over the Everett Silvertips in preseason action on Wednesday afternoon. Spokane scored with less than two minutes remaining in regulation to force the overtime period.
Elynuik, a Carolina Hurricanes prospect, opened the scoring at the 8:36 mark of the first period off an assist from Spokane native Kailer Yamamoto.
Defenseman Jeff Faith, entering his second season with the Chiefs, scored his first goal of the preseason on a power play at the 11:27 mark. Keanu Yamamoto and Elynuik earned assists on the play as the Chiefs took a 2-0 lead.
Everett beat the buzzer for the first period as overage defenseman Lukas Skrumeda found the net with just three seconds remaining before the intermission to cut the Chiefs’ lead to one goal. Then, only 56 seconds into the second, the Silvertips tied it up as Connor Dewar scored his third of the exhibition slate with help from rookie Finnish forward Eetu Tuulola.
Fourth-year forward Patrick Bajkov gave the ‘Tips their first lead of the game at the 14:03 mark, but the Chiefs didn’t give up.
Czech forward Pavel Kousal, playing in just his fourth live game with the Chiefs, snuck one in unassisted at the 18:08 mark of the third. The goal was Kousal’s first as a Chief.
Elynuik took just 30 seconds in the extra frame to beat Philadelphia Flyers prospect Carter Hart, with assists going to Keanu Yamamoto and third-year blueliner Tyson Helgesen.
Veteran Jayden Sittler made his Chiefs debut in goal, stopping 27 of 30 shots in 60:30. Hart turned away 28 of 32 in the same ice time. Spokane was 1-for-2 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.
The win pushed Spokane’s 2016 WHL Preseason record to 2-2 while Everett dropped to 1-3. The Chiefs’ next game is on Saturday, September 10 at 2 p.m. versus the Red Deer Rebels in Kennewick.
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 & Pre-Game Party 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. For single game tickets, click here.