Riley Woods’ goal 3:19 into overtime lifted the Spokane Chiefs to a 3-2 win over the Kelowna Rockets Wednesday night in Kelowna, B.C. The win was the second-straight for Spokane over Kelowna in overtime this season, and Woods scored in his first game with the Chiefs since being acquired in a trade from Regina on Monday.
Neither team scored in the first period as each team put up ten shots in the first. Spokane had the only two power play chances in the first, and had a 53 second 5-on-3 advantage but failed to score. The Chiefs would convert their first power play opportunity of the second period though, as Kailer Yamamoto scored his team leading 23rd goal of the season from just inside the right circle at 10:36 to make it 1-0 Spokane. Tyson Helgesen would then score his 6th goal of the year just 35 seconds later to put the Chiefs up 2-0. Kelowna would get on the board with a goal at 18:01 to cut the Spokane lead to 2-1 after two periods.
The Rockets would pull even late in the third on a Riley Stadel goal off the rush at 16:17 of the period to tie the game at two and force overtime. In the OT, Jaret Anderson-Dolan fed the puck between the circles to an open Woods, who fired home his first goal as a Chief for the game winner. Kelowna out shot Spokane 35-22 in the contest, as the Chiefs power play went 1-for-4 and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. Jayden Sittler picked up his 10th win of the year for Spokane and was named the first star of the game for his 33-save effort.
Spokane will head to Cranbrook, B.C. to open a home-and-home series with the Kootenay Ice of Friday night at 6 p.m Pacific time. Mike Boyle will have the call on 1510 KGA NW Sports Talk starting with the pre-game show at 5:30.