SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs closed out the first half of the 2018-19 regular season on a high note on Sunday, defeating the Seattle Thunderbirds 6-5 in overtime. Rookie forward Adam Beckman set a new career high with four points (2G-2A).
After an early Seattle score by team captain Nolan Volcan, Beckman one-timed his WHL rookie-leading 16th goal past Thunderbirds netminder Liam Hughes off a perfect feed from linemate Eli Zummack. The Chiefs earned their first lead of the night four minutes later as a Luke Toporowski pass bounced off a Seattle defender and in.
The Thunderbirds stormed back with a goals from Matthew Wedman and Dillon Hamaliuk to take a 3-2 lead midway through the second.
Spokane’s Luc Smith tied it up with 4:28 left in the middle frame to make it 3-3 heading into the second intermission.
Beckman fired a rocket just over a minute into the third period that was initially waved off before video review confirmed it found the twine to make it 4-3 Spokane.
Wedman added his second of the night seven minutes later to tie it at 4-4 before recently acquired defenseman Noah King scored his third of the season to put the Chiefs back ahead with 9:37 left in regulation.
Hamaliuk scored on the power play to force overtime before Eli Zummack – off an assist from Beckman – secured the victory for Spokane, slipping a backhand past Hughes 1:47 into the extra time.
The win was Spokane’s third in a row and sixth in a row at home.
The Chiefs return to Spokane Arena on Friday, December 28 as they’ll host the Everett Silvertips on Fred Meyer Calendar Giveaway Night. The first 3,000 fans through the doors will receive a 2019 calendar courtesy of Fred Meyer.
Tickets for all Chiefs home games are available online, in-person at the Chiefs’ Ticket Office and over the phone at 509-535-PUCK.