Third Period Surge Pushes Everett to 5-4 OT Win Over Spokane

Larry Brunt

EVERETT, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs jumped out to a 2-0 lead and led 3-1 early in the third period but the hosting Everett Silvertips scored three goals in the final ten minutes of regulation to win in overtime 5-4. The loss snaps Spokane’s winning streak at three games.

Spokane scored twice on the power play in the first period, first as Eli Zummack sniped his eighth goal of the year and second as Luc Smith punched in his first as a Chief and ninth of the season. Forward Riley Woods continued his November tear with primary assists on both goals.

Everett’s Riley Sutter cut the lead to 2-1 early in the second with a power play score and the two teams went into their dressing rooms for the second intermission with a 2-1 score in favor of the Chiefs.

Defenseman Filip Kral rifled a perfect shot on the power play just under five minutes into the third period to make it 3-1 Spokane.

From there, the Silvertips made their run. Wyatte Wylie scored on a screened shot at 10:32, Akash Bains took advantage of a loose puck in front at 13:26 and Martin Fasko-Rudas scored on a partial breakaway at 17:33 to give Everett a 4-3 lead. 

The Chiefs would not give up, however, as Ethan McIndoe deflected a Ty Smith shot from the left wall to tie the game up with just 15 seconds remaining. Luc Smith looked to have scored just seconds before but his shot rang off the crossbar before Smith corralled the puck and put it on net for his second assist of the night.

Despite forcing the extra time and earning a point in the standings, the Chiefs could not get the win as veteran forward Connor Dewar scored on a breakaway in overtime to end it.

Spokane finished the game 3-for-6 on the power play and 2-for-3 on the penalty kill. Dawson Weatherill started in goal and turned away 34 of 39 shots faced while Everett’s Dustin Wolf went 23-for-27. The overtime loss pushes Spokane’s record to 14-8-2-2, good for second place in the U.S. Division.

The Chiefs remain on the road Saturday night to face the Portland Winterhawks at 6 p.m. Mike Boyle will have the radio call on 1510 KGA beginning with the pre-game show at 5;30.

Spokane returns home for back-to-back games on December 7 and 8, including the annual Teddy Bear Toss presented by the Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund on the 8th. Fans are encouraged to bring a new or gently used stuffed animal to the game to throw on the ice after the Chiefs’ first goal. Toys will be gathered and donated to local families in need.

Tickets for all Chiefs home games are available online, over the phone at 509-535-PUCK and at the Chiefs’ Ticket Office at Spokane Arena.


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