Austin Strand’s two third period goals snapped a 2-2 tie and led the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 4-2 victory over the Spokane Chiefs Friday night in Kent, WA. The Chiefs finished 4-2 on their 6 game road trip as Seattle has taken a 4-3 lead in the 8 game regular season series. Spokane remains 6 points back of second place Portland in the U.S. Division with 5 games left in the regular season.
Spokane jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Filip Kral’s 8th goal of the year from Riley woods and Cedric Chenier. Seattle would even the game at 1-1 on Zach Andrusiak’s power play goal late in the first.
The Chiefs would re-gain the lead on Woods power play goal from Kral and Nolan Reid at 2:28 of the second period, but the Thunderbirds answered right back on Andrusiak’s second of the game at 8:49 to send the game to the third even at 2 apiece.
Strand would break the tie with a shot from the weak side after a T-Birds face off win from the left circle at 6:16 of the third period to make it 3-2 Seattle. Strand would cap the scoring with a one timer on the power play late in the third to cap off a 4-2 win. Spokane out shot Seattle 27-22 in the contest, going 1-3 on the power play, but 0-2 on the penalty kill.
The Chiefs finished 1-3 at Seattle this season and are now 19-12-3 on the road. Spokane will return home to open their final 3 game home stand of the regular season when they host the Vancouver Giants Saturday night at 7:05 pm. Mike Boyle will have the call on 1510 KGA starting with the pre-game show at 6:30 pm.