Nolan Reid’s two third period goals and Hudson Elynuik’s five-point night powered the Spokane Chiefs to a 5-4 win over the Kootenay ICE Saturday night in Cranbrook, B.C. With the win, Spokane swept their two-game road trip through the Central Division over the weekend and have now moved within three points of U.S. Division co-leaders Portland and Tri-City.
Spokane dominated the first period, out shooting Kootenay 22-5 in the first twenty minutes, only to see a Cam Hausinger goal with just over a minute left in the period give the ICE a 1-0 lead after one. Hausinger would net his second of the evening a little over four minutes into the second period to put Kootenay ahead 2-0.
With the ICE on the power play and looking to extend their lead, the Chiefs struck back. Jaret Anderson-Dolan scored shorthanded from Hudson Elynuik at 4:51 to bring Spokane within one. It was the fourth straight game with a goal for Anderson-Dolan and his fifth straight with a point. Anderson-Dolan then found Elynuik netfront for another shorthanded tally – on the same penalty kill – only 1:08 later to help the Chiefs tie the game at two apiece. Spokane then capped a three-goal outburst as linemate Zach Fischer scored his fifth of the year from Elynuik and Anderson-Dolan midway through the period to take their first lead of the game at 3-2.
Kootenay would score on the rush late in the second to tie the game at three after two periods.
Spokane would go on the power play at the end of the second period and would capitalize early in the third. Reid would score off an Elynuik feed from the left wing just 42 seconds into the third to give Chiefs a 4-3 advantage. Reid then scored his second of the night and ninth of the season at 11:51 to make a 5-3 game. Kootenay would draw within one on an Alec Baer goal with the goalie pulled late in the third, but Spokane turned away Kootenay’s fourth power play chance of the night in the final minute to seal the win.
Spokane outshot Kootenay 39-27 in the contest, going 1-for-4 on the power play and a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.
The Chiefs return home to open a three-game homestand Friday when they host the Victoria Royals at 7:05 p.m. Mike Boyle will have the call on 1510 KGA starting with the pre-game show at 6:30pm. It will be Fred Meyer Shop with the Chiefs Night at the Arena as one lucky fan will walk away with a $1,000 shopping spree to Fred Meyer.
Tickets for Friday night and all Chiefs home games are available in-person at the Chiefs’ Ticket Office, over the phone at 509-535-PUCK or online at spokanechiefs.com.