Everett, Wash. — Goaltender Campbell Arnold was in mid-season form but the Spokane Chiefs’ offense couldn’t find a rhythm on Friday night in Everett, losing their 2021 WHL Pre-Season opener 2-0 to the hosting Silvertips.
The Chiefs outshot the Silvertips 10-9 in the opening frame but it was Everett forward Alex Swetlikoff who found the net, scoring with only 4:21 left in the period. Youngster Ben Hemmerling earned his first of two assists on the play.
The second period was all Everett as the home team outshot Spokane 25-7 while adding another goal to their lead. Again it was a late period goal that tilted in the Silvertips’ favor, this time with the man advantage as third-year defenseman Aidan Sutter snuck one by Arnold.
Headed into the third down two goals, the Chiefs found their footing again, outshooting Everett 10-4 but goaltender Koen MacInnes held strong on his way to a shutout.
In total, Arnold turned aside 36 of 38 shots faced to keep the Chiefs in it. As can be expected in exhibition play, special teams struggled; Spokane went 0-for-5 while Everett was 1-for-4.
The Chiefs will stay in Everett for their second pre-season game, facing Seattle at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
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’ 2021-22 regular season will begin on Saturday, October 2 as they host the Tri-City Americans at Spokane Arena. Ticket packages for the 2021-22 season are available now! With options starting at just $80, there’s an option to fit every budget and schedule. For more information, visit spokanechiefs.com.
Single game tickets for the Chiefs’ 2021-22 regular season will go on sale via ticketswest.com on Wednesday, September 15 at 10 a.m.