The Spokane Chiefs came back from a 4-0 deficit – including 5-2 with less than nine minutes left in regulation – to beat the Kootenay ICE in overtime on the road on Friday night, 6-5. Forward Riley Woods had two goals, including the tying effort with 31 seconds left in regulation.
The first half of the game was all Kootenay as the hosts scored twice in the first period and twice in the first 15 minutes of the second, with two of those goals scored by forward Alec Baer with the man advantage.
Spokane bounced back with a power play goal of their own at the 17:10 mark of the middle frame, as second-year defenseman Ty Smith snapped in his second of the season from the high slot. Jaret Anderson-Dolan, recently reassigned by the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, earned the primary assist on the play.
Coming out of the second intermission down 4-1, the Chiefs made it a two-goal game at 6:19 of the third as Riley McKay found the net for the first time this season off assists from Hayden Ostir and Smith.
Veteran forward Vince Loschiavo rifled in another Kootenay power play goal at the 9:53 mark of the third and it looked as though the ICE had sealed the deal with a 5-2 lead.
The Chiefs refused to quit as Woods forced a turnover and converted on the other end with a sneaky wrister to beat goaltender Bailey Brkin low with 8:29 left. The unassisted goal cut the Kootenay lead to two goals.
Spokane got it within one goal just over three minutes later as Anderson-Dolan scored his first of the year in his first game back with the Chiefs, firing a shot to the left post from just inside the right circle at 14:45.
With an empty net and 31 seconds left in the game, Woods scored his third of the season on a rebound of a sharp angle shot by Smith to cap the comeback and force overtime.
In the 3-on-3 extra frame, Carolina Hurricanes prospect Hudson Elynuik recovered from a near turnover to draw the Kootenay defense and find a wide-open Rykr Cole on the right wing. The overage forward rocketed a slapshot from the circle past Brkin to send the Chiefs over the boards to celebrate the overtime win.
Spokane finished 1-for-6 on the power play and 3-for-6 on the penalty kill. Weatherill turned aside 31 of 36 shots faced in 60:22 while Brkin made 33 saves in the full 61:59.
These two teams will play a rematch on Saturday night in Spokane for the Chiefs’ home opener.
Bud Light Opening Night & Pre-Game Party is Saturday, September 30 at Spokane Arena! The party starts outside at 4 p.m. with live music, food, beverages, kids activities and player introductions.
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