SPOKANE, Wash. — A five-point night from Minnesota Wild prospect Adam Beckman helped fuel an offensive outburst from the Spokane Chiefs on Wednesday night as they cruised to a 7-1 win over the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings.
The Chiefs were the first ones on the board, striking at 14:21 when Beckman found a streaking Luke Toporowski, who put it home from the center of the right circle. Not two minutes later, d-man Matt Leduc got in on the action when Eli Zummack sent him a cross-ice pass that Leduc deposited into a wide open Wheat Kings net, sending the Chiefs into the first intermission up 2-0.
Spokane piled on a trio of goals in the second frame, adding a score by Beckman at 6:59 before striking again twice in a short span with goals from Bear Hughes and Eli Zummack just 27 seconds apart at 16:38 and 17:05 to send the Chiefs into the second break with a healthy 5-0 lead.
Brandon’s lone goal came at the 2:12 mark of the final period, but the Chiefs answered with goals from Filip Kral and Michael King as they went on to claim the 7-1 victory.
Spokane goaltender Campbell Arnold turned in another strong performance, going 18-for-19. Brandon split goaltending duties on the night with Ethan Kruger going 17-for-22 through 40:00 minutes of action. Connor Ungar went 6-for-8 over the final 20:00 minutes. The Chiefs went 1-for-3 on the power play while the Wheat Kings were held 0-for-5 in their chances.
The Chiefs take on the Portland Winterhawks this Friday for Coeur d’Alene Casino Night! Fans will have the opportunity to win prizes all throughout the night’s game courtesy of Coeur d’Alene Casino! It is also a Fred Meyer Family Pack Night with fans able to show your Fred Meyer Rewards Card at the Chiefs’ Ticket Office to receive a special offer including a ticket, hot dog and Coca-Cola product for just $16 per person.
Tickets for this Friday and all Chiefs home games are available online, over the phone at 509-535-PUCK or in-person at the Chiefs’ Ticket Office at Spokane Arena.