LANGLEY, B.C. – Hudson Elynuik’s power play goal late in the second period snapped a 2-2 tie and lifted the Spokane Chiefs to a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Giants on Saturday night in Langley, B.C. The win was Spokane’s ninth-straight over the Giants dating back to the 2012-13 season.
Spokane took a 1-0 lead after the first period on Taylor Ross’ fourth goal of the season at 15:24 of the period. Dalton Hamaliuk picked up the assist. The Chiefs would extend the lead to 2-0 on Tyson Helgesen’s third of the year at 4:09 of the second period. Vancouver would come back to tie the game at 2 with back to back power play goals late in the period before Elynuik would get the eventual game-winner on a Jaret Anderson-Dolan pass with just 1:06 left in the second to lead 3-2 heading to the third. [related_links
The Chiefs would build a 4-2 lead when Ondrej Najman hit Eli Zummack netfront for Zummack’s second career goal at 9:26 of the third. Spokane would then kill off a five-minute Vancouver power play later in the third to preserve the lead. Kailer Yamamoto wrapped up the win with his team leading 19th of the season at 15:21 on a Najman assist to cap the 5-2 win. Keanu Yamamoto extended his points streak to 11 games with an assist on Elynuik’s game winning tally in the second as Spokane moved within three points of fourth-place Seattle in the U.S. Division.
Spokane will continue their road trip as they face the division leading Everett Silvertips Sunday afternoon at 4:05 p.m. Mike Boyle will have the call on 1510 KGA starting with the pre-game show at 3:30 p.m.
The Chiefs next return home on Saturday, December 17 to face the Prince George Cougars on Fred Meyer Calendar Giveaway Night at Spokane Arena. Tickets for Saturday and all Chiefs home games are available in-person at the Chiefs’ Ticket Office, over the phone at 509-535-PUCK and online at ticketswest.com or spokanechiefs.com.