Kennewick, Wash. – Mason Beaupit stopped every puck shot his way as the Chiefs skated to a 3-0 victory over the rival Tri-City Americans on Friday night. With the win, Beaupit notches his first WHL career shutout.
After a scoreless first period, three different Chiefs found the back of the net in the final 40 minutes of the game. Spokane took the lead within the first minute of the second period, when team captain Jack Finley passed the puck to defenseman Raegan Wiles up the middle, who fired it at the goal and Bear Hughes tipped it in to score. The Chiefs then shut down two Tri-City power plays and held onto the 1-0 lead into the final frame.
At 7:43 in the third, Finley netted a goal of his own off of a beautiful rebound after a shot from Luke Toporowski. The captain finished his two-point night with first star honors.
A gritty Chiefs power play 13 minutes into the third period ended with Yannick Proske connecting to Mac Gross near the center of the blue line, where Gross sealed the deal with a rocket into the net through traffic.
Beaupit’s perfect 18 saves on the night marked his first career WHL shutout and earned him second star honors. The Chiefs outshot the Americans in every period, 33-18 overall. Spokane’s special teams also shined, going 2-for-5 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.
Reed Jacobson went down with a leg injury late in the third period, after wrestling for the puck with Tri-City rookie forward Drew Freer. He appeared to be conscious and alert, but was carried off the ice on a stretcher.
The Chiefs will continue their road trip on Tuesday when they travel to Seattle to take on the Thunderbirds for the second time this season.
The Spokane Chiefs are a member of the U.S. Division of the Western Hockey League, the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players. Since 1985 the Chiefs have been a pillar in the Spokane community, offering family-friendly entertainment and a winning tradition which includes: two Memorial Cup Championships in 1991 & 2008, two WHL Championships in 1991 & 2008 and four Western Conference Championships in 1991, 1996, 2000 & 2008. Over 60 alumni have gone on to play in the National Hockey League.
The Chiefs’ next home game is Friday, October 29 versus Seattle. It’s Garage Sale Night as the team is cleaning out the storage rooms to make room for new promotional items. Bid on old signage, promotional giveaways, souvenirs and more! Tickets for October 29 and all regular season games are available online at spokanechiefs.com/tickets.