Trailing 4-2 early in the third period, the Spokane Chiefs exploded for four unanswered goals to defeat the Calgary Hitmen 6-4 Tuesday night in Calgary, Alberta. With the win, Spokane has moved within one point of first place Portland in the U.S. Division. The Chiefs also improved to a perfect 5-0 in Canada this season.
Calgary jumped out to a 2-0 lead just 6:38 into the game, but Spokane would counter with a power play goal from Zach Fischer at 8:39 to cut the margin to 2-1. Fischer’s first goal as a Chief was assisted by Hudson Elynuik and Nolan Reid. Calgary would score their third goal of the period midway through the first to re-take a two-goal lead at 3-1. Spokane would get back within one on Elynuik’s team leading seventh of the year from Fischer and Riley Woods at 18:03 to cut the Calgary lead to 3-2 after one. Spokane was outshot 18-9 in the first and went 1-for-3 on the power play.
Neither team was able to score in the second period as the Chiefs outshot the Hitmen 12-8. Calgary would expand the lead with their second power play goal of the game almost 5:30 into the third period to take a 4-2 advantage. Nolan Reid would start the comeback with a goal in his fourth-straight game at 7:18 from Dalton Hamaliuk and Jaret Anderson-Dolan. Riley McKay would draw the Chiefs even for the first time in the game with his second of the season from Cedric Chenier and Anderson-Dolan at 13:04.
The Chiefs would take advantage on a 4-on-3 power play chance late in the third when Eli Zummack scored on a backhand rebound with just 2:20 remaining to give Spokane their first lead of the night at 5-4. Zummack’s eventual game winner was assisted by Reid and Ethan McIndoe. The Chiefs would cap the scoring when Woods scored a power play goal with the Calgary net empty with just 10 seconds left to wrap up a 6-4 victory. Reid would get another assist to secure a career high four-point night, and Zummack also got an assist, as the Chiefs went 3-for-6 on the power play. Spokane out shot Calgary 17-8 in the third to win the shots battle 38-34. Rookie goalie Donovan Buskey got 30 saves to earn his first career win in net.
Spokane moved past Tri-City into second place in the U.S. Division with 17 points and are now just point point back of division-leading Portland. The Chiefs are back in action Wednesday night when they face the Central Division leading Medicine Hat Tigers at 6 pm Pacific. Mike Boyle will have the call on 1510 KGA starting at 5:30 pm.