SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane Chiefs named their new captain on Saturday night and he didn’t disappoint. Defenseman Tyson Helgesen, given the captain’s “C” in a pre-game ceremony, punched in the game-winning goal in the third period and added an assist as the Chiefs won their ninth-straight home opener on Saturday night at Spokane Arena. Hudson Elynuik, fresh off his first professional camp with Carolina, led the way with a goal and three assists.
Tri-City broke onto the scoreboard first with a power play goal at the 6:44 mark of the first period. Dylan Coghlan fired a one-timer from the left circle to beat Chiefs’ starting goaltender Jayden Sittler.
Spokane tied the game at the 14:42 mark of the first with their first home goal of the season, scored on a power play by third-year forward Curtis Miske with a slapshot from the right point past the screened Nicholas Sanders of Tri-City.
The Chiefs earned their first lead of the game with another power play goal, this time as Kailer Yamamoto teed one up from the point to beat Sanders with traffic in front early in the second period.
The Ams fought right back with another goal with the man advantage, tying it up at 2-2 midway through the middle frame. Morgan Geekie found the net for the second time this season, pinching in a quick shot after a nice backdoor pass from Michael Rasmussen.
Thankfully for the 8,018 fans at Spokane Arena, the third and final period was all Chiefs. Helgesen scored his winner to finish a creative three-man play with Ethan McIndoe and Hudson Elynuik. McIndoe and Elynuik weaved into the zone before Elynuik dropped it to Helgesen as he joined the rush down the left wing. Helgesen snapped it to the far post for his first goal of the season.
Elynuik gave insurance with an unassisted goal at 16:59 of the third going forehand-backhand-forehand to beat Sanders low to the left post. Yamamoto slid in his third goal of the season on an empty net to reach the final tally.
The Chiefs finished the game 2-for-4 on the power play and 3-for-5 on the penalty kill. Sittler stopped 30 of 32 shots faced in the winning effort while Sanders allowed four goals on 20 shots.
Spokane remains at home for their next game on Friday, October 7 versus the Lethbridge Hurricanes. It will be Numerica Magnet Schedule Giveaway Night as the first 5,000 fans through the gates receive a magnet schedule courtesy of Numerica Credit Union.
Tickets for October 7 and all Chiefs home games are available at the Chiefs’ Ticket Office at Spokane Arena, over the phone at 509-535-PUCK, or online at spokanechiefs.com.