Chiefs Top T-Birds 5-1 in Smith’s Return to Spokane

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SPOKANE, Wash. — It didn’t take long for recently-returned New Jersey Devils prospect Ty Smith to make his presence felt in his return to Spokane Friday night as he posted 3 PTS (2G, 1A), including a goal at 2:14 in the first, to propel the Chiefs to a 5-1 victory over the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds.

Spokane’s Jake McGrew pushed the Chiefs lead to 2-0 at 7:37 and Luke Toporowski scored just 17-seconds later to give the Chiefs a 3-0 lead before Seattle countered with a goal at 11:05 to cut the lead to two entering the first intermission.

Smith struck for his second goal of the night at 3:45 of the middle frame to extend the Chiefs’ lead to three. McGrew, a San Jose Sharks prospect, made it 5-1 Spokane at 11:46 with his second of the night. The goal moved McGrew into a tie for first in the Western Hockey League in goals at five.

Rookie goaltender Campbell Arnold impressed in his second start of the season, stopping 30-of-31 between the pipes for the Chiefs en route to his first career WHL victory. Seattle’s Blake Lyda was 27-for-32 as the Thunderbirds struggled to fend off the Spokane power play as the Chiefs finished 2-for-4. Seattle was held 0-for-5 on their power play chances.

Post Fall, Idaho native Bear Hughes also made his season debut for the Chiefs Friday night, recording an assist in his return from a lower body injury.

The Chiefs travel to Kennewick for a game Saturday night before returning home for Boomer’s  Birthday Bash on Sunday as they take on the Everett Silvertips. The first 500 kids in attendance will receive free birthday cake in celebration of Boomer’s birthday!

Tickets for next Friday and all Chiefs home games are available online at and via the Chiefs’ Ticket Office, over the phone at 509-535-PUCK or in-person at Spokane Arena.

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