Despite being short five players who sat out due to illness, the Spokane Chiefs came within 38 seconds of a victory in Red Deer. The Rebels scored on a tip from Brandon Hagel in the final minute to force overtime, and then Jared Dmiytriw tipped home the game winner at 3:39 of overtime to give Red Deer a 4-3 win Friday night in Red Deer, Alberta. Spokane finished their four game road trip through the Central Division 2-1-1, garnering 5 out of 8 possible points.
The Chiefs jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Hudson Elynuik’s ninth goal of the season as he tipped a Matt Leduc shot in at 4:30. The goal extended Elynuik’s goal scoring streak to four straight games. Elynuik would make it a 2-0 game with his second of the night at 14:02 on assists from Ty Smith and Milos Frafrak. Red Deer would cut the margin to 2-1 on a Lane Zablocki power play goal with just 17 seconds left in the first. Neither team would score in the second as Spokane was outshot 11-9 in the period.
Red Deer would pull even on Zablocki’s second power play goal of the game at 4:57 of the third period. The Chiefs would re-take the lead on Nolan Reid’s 7th of the year at 13:32 from Jaret Anderson-Dolan and Dalton Hamaliuk. Reid extended his goal scoring streak to six straight games, the second longest streak in the WHL this season and the longest current streak in the league. Red Deer pulled their goalie in the final minute and a half, and the move paid off as Hagel re-directed a shot net front from the right blue line to tie the game at 3 and force overtime.
Spokane was out shot 33-28 on the night, while going 0-for-6 on the power play and 4-for-6 on the penalty kill. The Chiefs did gain a point in the standings, as they tied Portland for second place in the U.S. Division, one point back of division leading Tri-City. The Chiefs will return home to host Portland Friday night at 7:05 pm at the Spokane Arena. Mike Boyle will have the call on 1510 KGA starting with the pre-game show at 6:30 pm.