Ingram Backstops Blazers To Win Over Chiefs
SPOKANE, Wash. – Jaret Anderson-Dolan continued his torrid scoring pace for Spokane with a goal and an assist versus the visiting Kamloops Blazers, but the Chiefs couldn’t muster enough offense late, losing 3-2. Goaltender Connor Ingram backstopped the Blazers with 30 saves on 32 shots faced on his way to first star honors.
Kamloops got on the board first with a goal from former Edmonton Oil King Lane Bauer at the 13:54 mark of the opening period. Chiefs’ goalie Dawson Weatherill made a sprawling pad save to his left before the Blazers chipped in a rebound chance that bounced off Spokane defenseman Ty Smith and into the net.
Ethan McIndoe tied it up for Spokane just under two minutes later, corralling deflected shot inside the left post to beat Ingram for his 11th goal of the season. The power play goal was assisted by Anderson-Dolan and team captain Tyson Helgesen.
Anderson-Dolan took advantage of a rare Ingram miscue at the 19:29 mark of the first to give the Chiefs a 2-1 lead. Riley Woods chipped the puck slowly into the Spokane offensive zone before Ingram left his crease to play it between the circles. Anderson-Dolan was there to disrupt the pass, collected it off the right half-boards and fired it in for his 28th goal of the year and fourth in two nights.
The Blazers bounced back less than sixty seconds into the third period as Ondrej Vala fired a shot from the left point past a screened Weatherill. Garrett Pilon earned the lone assist with the faceoff win.
Kamloops took the lead for the second time at the 11:14 mark of the third as Pilon was credited with another deflection goal, with assists to Luka Zazula and Rudolfs Balcers.
Ingram, a third-round pick by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, came up big late in the game, turning aside multiple breakaway attempts, including a penalty shot awarded to Spokane’s leading scorer Kailer Yamamoto. The Chiefs outshot the Blazers 32-25, including 11-6 in the third period.
Weatherill made 22 saves on 25 shots faced. The Chiefs went 1-for-3 on the power play and 6-for-6 on the penalty kill.
The Chiefs remain home for a matchup against the Portland Winterhawks on Wednesday night at Spokane Arena. It will be another TicketsWest Player Magnet Giveaway Nights with Pre-Game Happy Hour with $3 beers from the time doors open until the puck drops.
Tickets for Wednesday night and all Chiefs home games are available in-person at the Chiefs’ Ticket Office, over the phone at 509-535-PUCK and online at ticketswest.com or spokanechiefs.com.