Veterans Lead The Way As Team Red Wins, 7-2
SPOKANE, Wash. – Team Red scored five goals in the second period to pull away for a 7-2 win over Team White in the Spokane Chiefs’ annual intrasquad Red-White Game at Spokane Arena on Sunday afternoon. Veterans Kailer Yamamoto, Dominic Zwerger and Curtis Miske led the way with two goals apiece.
Both sides were scoreless through much of the first period before 16-year-old camp invite Max Giangualano punched in a rebound off a Colum McGauley shot to put Team White up 1-0.
Team Red answered just 1:10 into the second period as Yamamoto fired a slapshot in from the left circle, with assists going to Dalton Hamaliuk and 16-year-old prospect Eli Zummack.
Red took the lead with a wrap-around goal scored by Miske midway through the second, sneaking one inside the left post behind goaltender Matt Berlin.
Zwerger scored his first goal at the 12:03 mark, blasting a slapshot into the net from the right circle off an assist from Hudson Elynuik before Yamamoto found his own rebound to shelf his second goal just 11 seconds later.
Jaret Anderson-Dolan found Orange, California native Jake McGrew with a drop pass on the right wing at the 15:56 mark of the period, from where McGrew snapped a quick shot in to cut Team White’s deficit to two goals.
Miske answered with his second goal, this time getting just enough of the puck in a scrum in front of the net to extend Team Red’s lead back to three goals at 5-2 going into the second intermission.
Red added the only two goals of the third period to complete the rout, with Zwerger and second-year forward Ethan McIndoe lighting the lamp. Czech forward Ondrej Najman earned an assist on McIndoe’s tally.
2000-born goaltenders Mitchell Reidy and Donovan Buskey started the game for Red and White, respectively. Reidy stopped 19 of 20 shots sent his way in 27:27, while Buskey turned aside 12 of 13 in the same ice time. Overage goalie Jayden Sittler replaced Reidy for the final 30:33 and went 17-for-18, including a perfect 11-for-11 in the third period. Berlin made 16 saves on 22 shots faced.
Announced attendance at Spokane Arena was 3,056.
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.