SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Friday night but failed to hold on as the Vancouver Giants came back for a 3-2 win in overtime.
Team-leading scorer Adam Beckman got the Chiefs on the board at 10:55 of the first when Eli Zummack sent a pass across from the left wall to the Minnesota Wild prospect, who one-timed it in from the edge of the right circle.
Erik Atchison earned his fourth of the season just under four minutes later as he deflected a Bobby Russell shot from the point to make it 2-0 Spokane.
After a scoreless second, the Giants continued to apply pressure in the third, putting 14 shots on net and scoring twice to force overtime. Justin Sourdif scored on a breakaway and Milos Roman chipped in his 12th of the year.
A turnover deep in Vancouver territory proved costly in the extra frame as the Giants turned a missed shot into a breakaway for Tristen Nielsen, who put it past Chiefs goaltender Lukas Parik for the win.
Parik ended the night 33-for-36 in net for Spokane while Vancouver goaltender David Tendeck went 20-for-22. The Chiefs did not have a power play opportunity in the game and held the Giants 0-for-2 on their chances.
The Chiefs will have a chance to get back in the win column on Saturday night as they host the Victoria Royals for the one and only time this season. It will be Avista 35th Anniversary Poster Giveaway with the first 1,000 fans in attendance receiving a 35th Anniversary commemorative poster courtesy of Avista Utilities.
Tickets for Saturday night and all Chiefs home games can be purchased online, over the phone at 509-535-PUCK, or in-person at the Spokane Chiefs Ticket Office during normal business hours (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on game days).