KENT, Wash. – The Seattle Thunderbirds scored five consecutive goals on their way to a 5-2 win over the Spokane Chiefs on Tuesday night in Kent, Wash. The loss was Spokane’s third straight as the Chiefs capped their four-game road trip with a 1-2-1 record. The Chiefs remain 12 points back of Portland for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with just seven games left to play.
Spokane opened the scoring as Hudson Elynuik scored his third goal in his last two games with a rebound off a Tyson Helgesen shot 5:55 into the first period to give the Chiefs an early 1-0 lead. Seattle would even the game with an Alexander True power play goal midway through the period to even things up at one apiece. Turner Ottenbreit would score 1:37 later to give the Thunderbirds the lead for good at 2-1. Anthony Bishop then scored with just 29 seconds remaining in the period to stake Seattle to a 3-1 lead after one.
The Chiefs would out shoot Seattle 18-6 in the second period, but neither team would find the net as the Thunderbirds maintained their two goal lead after two. Seattle would put the game away with two goals in the first six and a half minutes of the third period to go ahead 5-1. Spokane would complete the game’s scoring on a Kailer Yamamoto penalty shot goal in the final minute. The goal was Yamamoto’s team-leading 37th of the season and was Spokane’s first penalty shot goal of the year.
Spokane was out shot 33-28 in the game, going 0-for-3 on the power play and 1-for-2 on the penalty kill. Seattle has now won four straight against the Chiefs in the season series and lead the series 6-3.
The Chiefs will return home to open a four-game homestand on Wednesday night when they host the Everett Silvertips for the final time this year at 7:05 p.m. It will be the eighth of nine TicketsWest Player Magnet Giveaway Nights at the Arena as the first 1,000 fans will receive a refrigerator magnet featuring a Chiefs player. Mike Boyle will have the radio call on 1510 KGA, starting with the pre-game show at 6:30 p.m.