Everett, Wash. — Spokane Chiefs forward Riley Woods scored his first career hat trick on Sunday afternoon in Everett, punctuated by the game-winner in Spokane’s 3-2 overtime victory over the Silvertips.
Woods picked up his first goal of the night at the 6:24 mark of the first period, streaking down the left side before firing his 16th goal of the year inside the near post to give Spokane a 1-0 lead. The power play goal was assisted by Ty Smith – who leads the WHL in scoring by a defenseman – and goaltender Bailey Brkin.
The 20-year-old Regina native struck again just over two minutes later, at the 8:42 mark of the first, with a perfect deflection goal off an Eli Zummack pass to make it 2-0. Smith recorded the secondary assist.
Everett stormed back with a power play goal of their own scored by Wyatte Wylie at 11:15 of the first before Dawson Butt tied it at 2-2 six minutes into the second.
After a scoreless third period, Woods capped his highlight-worthy night with his hat trick goal, rocketing a slap shot from the top of the left circle past goaltender Dustin Wolf to earn Spokane the win. His 18th goal of the year moves him into a tie for fourth in the WHL.
Spokane finished the night 2-for-2 on the power play and 2-for-3 on the penalty kill. Brkin made 38 saves while Everett split goaltending duties between starter Max Palaga (3/5 in 8:42) and Wolf (21:22 in 53:45).
The win improved Spokane’s record to 12-8-1-2, one point behind Portland for second place in the U.S. Division.
The Chiefs return to Spokane Arena ice Saturday, November 24 to take on the Kamloops Blazers. It will be Itron Poster Giveaway and Full-Team Post-Game Autographs Night, with the first 5,000 fans in attendance receiving a 2018-19 Spokane Chiefs team poster courtesy of Itron. Additionally, all fans in attendance are welcome to stick around after the game for a full-team autograph session.
Tickets for Saturday and all Chiefs home games are available online here, over the phone at 509-535-PUCK and in-person at the Chiefs’ Ticket Office at Spokane Arena.