Despite putting up 40 shots on net, the Spokane Chiefs saw the Seattle Thunderbirds pull away to a 4-1 over Spokane on Saturday night in Kent. With the loss, Spokane is now tied with Seattle for fourth place in the U.S. Division with 45 points and trail the season series 3-2.
Seattle took a 1-0 lead on a Donovan Neuls goal at 18:10 of the first period. Spokane outshot Seattle 15-11 in the first, but failed to score on four power play attempts. The Thunderbirds would extend their lead to 2-0 on a Jarrett Tyszka shot just over six minutes into the second period.
Spokane would cut the lead in half at 12:44 when Jaret Anderson-Dolan scored his team-leading 22nd goal of the season off a 4-on-4 to make it a 2-1 game. The goal extended Anderson-Dolan’s scoring streak to eight straight games.
Seattle would come back with Neuls’ second goal of the game off the power play late in the second to give the T-Birds a 3-1 advantage after two.
The Thunderbirds would cap the scoring on a Matt Wedman power play goal early in the third period as the Chiefs out shot Seattle 40-33 on the game. Spokane would go 0-for-6 on the power play while Seattle was 2-for-5. Spokane has dropped their last three road games as the Chiefs finished a 13-game stretch through the U.S. Division 7-6.
The Chiefs will now head out of the division to face the Kamloops Blazers Tuesday night at 7 p. m. Mike Boyle will have the call on 1510 KGA starting with the pre-game show at 6:30 p.m.