Spokane, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs earned their fifth win in six games on Saturday night at Spokane Arena, defeating the Kamloops Blazers 3-1. Forward Luke Toporowski a shorthanded goal late in the second period for what proved to be the game-winner.
After a scoreless opening frame, the Chiefs broke through late in the second as rookie forward Adam Beckman punched in his 11th goal of the season to make it 1-0. Beckman, who leads all WHL rookies in finding the back of the net, flipped the puck inside the top-left corner on his forehand to beat Vegas Golden Knights prospect Dylan Ferguson.
The Chiefs made it 2-0 just under three minutes later as Toporowski, who earned an assist on the first goal, scored on a partial breakaway while shorthanded at 18:26. Eli Zummack poked the puck ahead to earn his second helper of the night while team captain Ty Smith also picked up an assist. The goal was Spokane’s fourth shorthanded score of the season.
Kamloops threatened late with a power play goal at 12:09 of the third, but Spokane clamped down defensively to seal the win, with Beckman potting his second of the night on an empty net to reach the final score. Zummack picked up his third assist of the game on the play.
Bailey Brkin started in goal for the Chiefs and turned aside 17 of 18 shots faced including a few key saves late in the third period to preserve the lead. Ferguson started for Kamloops and made 19 saves on 21 shots faced in 40 minutes. Backup Dylan Garand entered in the third period and was 5-for-5 in 18:53.
Spokane finished 0-for-2 on the power play and 2-for-3 on the penalty kill. The win pushes their record to 13-8-1-2, one point behind Portland for second place in the U.S. Division.
The Chiefs are back in action Wednesday, November 28 when they take on the Prince George Cougars. It will be the second TicketsWest Player Magnet Giveaway Night of the season with the first 1,000 fans in attendance receiving a player magnet featuring a Spokane Chiefs player, courtesy of TicketsWest. There will also be U.S. Marine Corps on hand to accept new, unwrapped toy donations for the Toys for Tots program.
Tickets for Wednesday and all Chiefs home games are available online here, over the phone at 509-535-PUCK and in-person at the Chiefs’ Ticket Office at Spokane Arena.