Sami Moilanen’s rebound goal midway through the third period lifted the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 3-2 win over the Spokane Chiefs Tuesday night in Kent, Wash. The win was the first by the home team in four games in the season series between the two teams.
Seattle took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period on an Ethan Bear shot from the point. Spokane would tie the game at one when Jaret Anderson-Dolan scored his 18th of the season with less than 5 minutes left in the first. The goal extended Anderson-Dolan’s points scoring streak to 7 straight. Kailer Yamamoto picked up an assist to stretch his assists scoring streak to 7 in a row, and defenseman Nolan Reid scored his first point as a Chief with an assist. Seattle would take the lead early in the second with a Scott Eansor goal to make it a 2-1 game after two.
Spokane would come back and tie the game on Tyson Helgesen’s 4th goal of the season midway through the third period before Moilanen would score the game winner less than 2 minutes later. The Chiefs out shot Seattle 43-24 in the contest, including a 20-5 margin in the third. Spokane was 0-2 on the power play while going 1-1 on the penalty kill.
With the loss, Spokane is now 5 points back of Seattle for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Chiefs will host the Thunderbirds in the second half of the home-and-home series Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m at the Spokane Arena. Mike Boyle will have the call on 1510 KGA starting with the pre-game show at 6:30 p.m.