PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — The Spokane Chiefs edged out the Prince George Cougars on the road on Tuesday night, 4-3 in overtime. The win, capitalized by team co-captain Jaret Anderson-Dolan’s overtime winner, pushes Spokane within two points of a guaranteed playoff berth with a rematch scheduled for Wednesday night.
The Chiefs got on the board first as Jake McGrew sweeped in his 24th of the season from the right circle, waiting patiently for a puck to escape the endwall before ripping it past Prince George goaltender Taylor Gauthier.
After a scoreless second period, the Cougars tied it 3:47 into the 3rd as Jackson Leppard scored on a wrap-around chance for his 10th of the season.
The Cougars took the lead just over four minutes later at 7:53 as Rhett Rhinehart found the net on the power play.
Chiefs defenseman Egor Arbuzov evened things at 2-2 with his fourth goal of the season, firing a rocket from the top of the right circle to shift the momentum back to Spokane.
Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Filip Kral checked in with his seventh score of the year as forward Riley Woods found him trailing an odd-man rush to make it 3-2 with 3:24 left in regulation.
The Cougars refused to go away as team-leading scorer Josh Maser chipped in his 25th of the season on a bouncing puck that fooled Spokane goalie Reece Klassen at 18:47, forcing overtime.
The Chiefs controlled the majority of overtime before finally breaking through as co-captains Ty Smith and Anderson-Dolan paired up to win it. Eli Zummack – who extended his team-leading point streak to 14 games on the play – drew a delayed penalty in the neutral zone. Smith picked up the loose puck and dished it to Anderson-Dolan on the left wing, from which the Los Angeles Kings prospect wristed the puck off the iron and into the net to earn the 4-3 win.
The victory pushes Spokane back into third place in the U.S. Division and puts their “magic number” at two points in the standings headed into Wednesday night’s rematch at Prince George. A win or a Kamloops loss will clinch a playoff berth.
Klassen finished the game 25-for-28 in goal for Spokane while Gauthier went 31-for-35 for the Cougars. Spokane went 0-for-5 on the power play and 2-for-3 on the penalty kill.
(photo credit: James Doyle / Prince George Cougars)
These two teams meet again Wednesday night for another 7 p.m. puck drop. Mike Boyle will have the call on 94.1 FM The Bear beginning at 6:30.
The team returns to Spokane Arena on Tuesday, March 5 to take on the Everett Silvertips for another TicketsWest Player Magnet Giveaway Night. The first 1000 fans through the gates and all full season ticket holders will receive a refrigerator magnet featuring a Chiefs player.
Tickets for March 5 and all Spokane Chiefs home games are available online at spokanechiefs.com, over the phone at 509-535-PUCK and in-person at the Chiefs’ Ticket Office at Spokane Arena.