The Spokane Chiefs attempt at a third period comeback for a second-straight game fell short Wednesday as the Medicine Hat Tigers scored three unanswered goals in the third to pull away to a 7-4 win over the Chiefs in Medicine Hat, Alberta. The loss was the first for Spokane on their Central Division trip and their first in Canada this year in six games.
Medicine Hat took a 1-0 lead after the first period on a Josh Williams goal with less than 5 minutes remaining the frame. The Tigers out shot the Chiefs 12-8 in the first. Things would open up offensively in the second as Spokane’s Riley Woods scored his team leading eighth of the year 3:43 into the period to tie the game at one. Medicine Hat would re-take the lead less than four minutes later, but Spokane would answer midway through the period when Zach Fischer scored for the second straight game at 10:58 to make it 2-2. Fischer scored against his old teammates a week after being traded to Spokane. The Tigers would counter with 2 goals in 55 seconds to go up 4-2. Former Chief Hayden Ostir, who was dealt for Fischer, scored on the power play to give Medicine Hat the lead, and the next tally would spell the end of the night for Chiefs goalie Dawson Weatherill as Donovan Buskey came on in relief.
The Chiefs went on the power play shortly after the goalie change, and Nolan Reid scored a goal in his fifth straight game, the longest current streak in the league, at 15:13 to cut the lead to 4-3 after two periods. Hudson Elynuik picked up his 2nd assist of the night on Reid’s sixth goal of the year. Medicine Hat would score a power play goal early in the third to go up 5-3 as Williams notched his second goal of the night. The Tigers then scored two goals 42 seconds apart midway through the period to put the game away. Elynuik would score on a partial breakaway at 12:26 to cap the scoring as the Carolina Hurricanes prospect finished with a three-point night.
Spokane out shot Medicine Hat 40-34 in the game, while going 1-for-4 on the power play and 3-for-5 on the penalty kill. The Chiefs will finish their four-game road trip at Red Deer Friday night at 6 p.m. Mike Boyle will have the call on 1510 KGA starting with the pre-game show at 5:30 pm.