Kennewick, Wash. — Forward Bear Hughes posted three points for the second-straight night and rookie forward Yannick Proske pitched in his first goal in the WHL as the Spokane Chiefs pulled away for their first win of the season, 5-1 over the Tri-City Americans on Saturday night in Kennewick. Spokane’s power play was the difference as they went 3-for-6 with the man advantage.
It was Tri-City who found the net first as highly-regarded defenseman Lukas Dragicevic took advantage of a turnover before snapping a hard shot past goalie Campbell Arnold to make it 1-0 late in the first period.
The Chiefs responded in force during the second period, scoring four goals including two on the power play.
Hughes, after posting a goal and two assists at home against Seattle on Friday, scored back-to-back at 0:28 and 8:26 (PP) to give the Chiefs the lead. Luke Toporowski continued his hot start to the season, scoring his fourth goal to make it 3-1 at 10:25. Team captain Jack Finley earned the primary assist with a beautiful pass from behind the net on the man advantage.
Finally, Yannick Proske wrapped up the second with a bow as he drove the left wing and flipped a perfect shot past goalie Talyn Boyko’s glove hand to score his first career WHL goal.
Spokane capped the scoring at 2:59 of the third as defenseman Graham Sward fired a power play shot from the point that found its way through traffic to push the lead to 5-1.
The Chiefs outshot the Americans 26-25 on the night, finishing 3-for-6 on the power play and 6-for-6 on the penalty kill. They head to Portland for a Sunday 5 p.m. matinee and the second of five-straight games on the road.
The Spokane Chiefs are a member of the U.S. Division of the Western Hockey League, the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players. Since 1985 the Chiefs have been a pillar in the Spokane community, offering family-friendly entertainment and a winning tradition which includes: two Memorial Cup Championships in 1991 & 2008, two WHL Championships in 1991 & 2008 and four Western Conference Championships in 1991, 1996, 2000 & 2008. Over 60 alumni have gone on to play in the National Hockey League.
The Chiefs’ 2021-22 regular season continues on Sunday as they visit Portland to take on the Winterhawks. Mike Boyle will have the call on 103.5 FM The Game with puck drop at 5 p.m.. The Chiefs’ next home game is Friday, October 29 versus the Seattle Thunderbirds. It will be Garage Sale Night at the Arena with a rare opportunity to purchase Chiefs promotional items, signage and more. Tickets for October 29 and all regular season games are available online at spokanechiefs.com/tickets.