PORTLAND, OR — Eli Zummack and Jaret Anderson-Dolan scored two goals apiece while Donovan Buskey turned away a career-high 37 shots to lead the Spokane Chiefs to a 6-3 victory over the Portland Winterhawks Saturday night in Portland, Oregon. The win was Spokane’s first in six tries against Portland as the Chiefs moved within four points of the first place Winterhawks in the U.S. Division and won their second game in a row.
Portland jumped out to a 2-0 lead just over eight minutes into the game as they scored back to back shorthanded goals on Spokane’s first two power plays of the game. The Chiefs would cut into the lead when Cedric Chenier scored his second career goal on a rebound of a Jeff Faith shot midway through the period to make it 2-1 Portland. Rookie 2017 first round bantam pick Jack Finley, in his second game up as an Affiliated Player with the Chiefs, earned his first career point on the play.
Spokane then converted their next two power play attempts to take the lead. Zummack tipped a Ty Smith shot in at 10:20 to tie the game at two. Riley Woods then gave the Chiefs a 3-2 lead after one with a tip on a nearly identical play at 17:19 for his 12th goal of the season.
Anderson-Dolan scored Spokane’s third-straight power play goal early in the second to put the Chiefs up 4-2, roofing a sharp angle shot over Portland goaltender Cole Kehler’s right shoulder.
Portland cut the margin to 4-3 on a Ty Kolle goal midway through the period, but Zummack would counter with his second of the contest on a rebound at 15:21 to put the Chiefs ahead 5-3 after two. Despite being outshot 11-2 in the third period, Spokane would build the lead and cap the scoring when Anderson-Dolan scored his second of the night on an empty net at 17:55.
Spokane is now 17-1-1 when scoring three or more goals and 14-3-2 when scoring at least one power play goal.
The Chiefs’ penalty kill was a perfect 7-for-7 against the league’s third-ranked power play and was 3-for-5 against the third-ranked penalty kill in Portland. Buskey picked up his 7th win by turning aside 37 shots, including all 11 in the third.
The Chiefs will finish up the first half of the season as they host the Seattle Thunderbirds for the second time in eight days on Sunday at 5:05 p.m. Mike Boyle will have the call on 1510 KGA starting with the pre-game show at 4:30 p.m.
Sunday night is Toys 4 Tots and Ugly Sweater Night at Spokane Arena as the Chiefs host the Thunderbirds. Doors open at 4 p.m. with puck drop at 5:05 p.m. Tickets are available over the phone at 509-535-PUCK and online at spokanechiefs.com.