KELOWNA, B.C. — Los Angeles Kings prospect Jaret Anderson-Dolan became just the fifth player in Spokane Chiefs history to score a goal in nine consecutive games as the Chiefs defeated the Kelowna Rockets in overtime, 6-5 on Wednesday night. The Chiefs have two games remaining in their regular season schedule.
Spokane got on the board on their first shot of the game, making it 1-0 just 12 seconds into regulation, one second shy of a franchise record for quickest goal to start a game (11 seconds; Brad Schell at Portland on March 17, 2002). Kelowna native Eli Zummack slid a pass from the right side onto the stick of fellow hometown kid Jack Finley, who one-touched it into the back of the net.
Nolan Foote scored his team-leading 35th of the season to tie the game up for the Rockets at the 3:54 mark.
Anderson-Dolan made history just under five minutes later at 8:39, following his own shot to backhand a rebound chance into the air, deflecting off goalie Roman Basran to make it 2-1. The goal matched former Chiefs Adam Helewka (2014-15), Marian Cesar (1997-98), Brent Gilchrist (1986-87) and Terry Perkins (1985-86) as the only players to score a goal in nine-straight contests.
Spokane’s Luke Toporowski reached the 20-goal milestone later in the period to make it 3-1 for the Chiefs, ripping a shot from the right circle to beat Basran for his fourth goal against the Rockets this season.
Ethan McIndoe tipped in a Ty Smith shot at 3:11 of the second and the Chiefs headed to the second intermission up 4-1.
The Rockets would not give up, however, as Michael Farren took advantage of an odd bounce to score one off a Chiefs defender at 1:58 to make it 4-2.
After Nolan Reid’s 16th goal of the season made it 5-2 Spokane, the Rockets upper their pressure, rattling off three goals in the final 10 minutes including two with their own net empty to force overtime. Foote scored his 36th and second of the night, Kaedan Korczak scored on a screened shot from the point and Kyle Topping snapped in his 23rd of the year with only 40 seconds left in regulation.
It only took 34 seconds of extra time for Zummack to take advantage of a Kelowna turnover in the Chiefs end, rush the puck up the right side and slide it over to Anderson-Dolan for his second of the evening and 20th of the year, sealing the victory for Spokane.
Spokane was outshot in the game 37-25, going 0-for-1 on the power play and 2-for-3 on the penalty kill.
The win keeps alive the Chiefs’ narrow chances for home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. They trail Portland by three points with two games remaining for each club. Portland plays a home-and-home series versus Seattle on Saturday and Sunday, while the Chiefs will do the same with the Tri-City Americans on Friday and Saturday.
Spokane continues their road trip at Tri-City on Friday night at 7:05 p.m., with Mike Boyle on the call on 103.5 FM The Game beginning with the pre-game show at 6:30.
The Chiefs close out their 2018-19 regular season schedule versus the Tri-City Americans on Saturday, March 16 at Spokane Arena. It will be Miller Lite St. Paddy’s Day Jersey Night at the Arena, with the Chiefs wearing special St. Patrick’s Day jerseys which will be auctioned off to benefit Second Harvest. Fans will also have the opportunity to win a customized jersey at the game with a free enter to win drawing.
Tickets for Saturday night are available online, via TicketsWest outlets and from the Chiefs’ Ticket Office at Spokane Arena, in-person or over the phone at 509-535-PUCK.