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Comeback Bid Falls Short For Spokane

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SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane Chiefs battled back from a 0-2 deficit to force overtime late but fell in the extra frame, 4-3 to the visiting Red Deer Rebels at Spokane Arena on Friday night. Kailer Yamamoto scored his team-leading 11th goal to tie the game with under four minutes left in regulation.

The Rebels jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals from former Tri-City American Jordan Roy and rookie defenseman Ethan Sakowich. The goal was Sakowich’s first in the Western Hockey League.

The Chiefs cut Red Deer’s lead in half with a goal from forward Hudson Elynuik, as he chipped the puck over starting goaltender Riley Lamb’s shoulder at the 4:32 mark of the second period.

Keanu Yamamoto tied the game at 2-2 just 57 seconds into the third period. Linemate Jaret Anderson-Dolan took the puck to the net from the right corner and Yamamoto was there to wrist in the rebound for his fourth goal of the season.

A goal from Lakeville, Minnesota product Austin Pratt put the Rebels back on top midway through the final frame as he took advantage of a breakdown in the Chiefs’ defensive zone to find the net.

It looked like the game would end at 3-2 before Kailer Yamamoto snapped a shot top shelf from the bottom of the left circle to bring his season-long point total to 24, good for a tie for third in the WHL. Team captain Tyson Helgesen and Curtis Miske earned the assists on the play; for Miske, his second of the game.

A Pavel Kousal high-sticking penalty in the 3-on-3 overtime period opened the door for the Rebels as Michael Spacek fired his 10th goal of the season in from the point, past a screened Jayden Sittler. Spacek finished with a goal and two assists, good enough for first star honors.

The Chiefs outshot the Rebels 32-30 on the night. Spokane finished 0-for-5 on the power play and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill.

Spokane looks to bounce back on Saturday night against the rival Tri-City Americans on Saturday night at Spokane Arena. It will be Coca-Cola Buck Night and Military Appreciation Night, presented by 92.9 ZZU and FOX 28. Fans can come early as the doors will open at 4:30 p.m. to anyone with a ticket to the Chiefs’ game for a special exhibition intrasquad game between the Fairchild Falcons.

Tickets for Saturday night 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.

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