SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane Chiefs finished on the wrong end of a wild back-and-forth shootout on Saturday night at Spokane Arena, falling to the Edmonton Oil Kings, 6-5. Forward Jaret Anderson-Dolan, a day removed from a four-point performance including a hat trick, scored twice to lead Spokane in defeat.
Edmonton found the net first as 17-year-old forward Kobe Mohr scored his fourth of the season on a breakaway at the 4:06 mark of the first period.
The Chiefs responded with goals from Taylor Ross and Anderson-Dolan, the second of which was of the highlight reel variety as Anderson-Dolan split the Edmonton defense down the middle and beat Oil Kings’ starting goaltender Patrick Dea to the left side.
The visitors responded to tie the game at 2-2 with an unassisted goal from Artyom Baltruk, who took advantage of a Spokane turnover in their defensive zone to beat goalie Dawson Weatherill on a rebound opportunity created by his own shot. The goal, scored at the 2:20 mark of the second period, was Baltruk’s first in the Western Hockey League.
Spokane bounced back to take a two-goal lead with goals from Keanu Yamamoto and Hudson Elynuik. Elynuik’s goal came shorthanded just after the midway point of the second as he took a partial breakaway and spun around the Oil Kings defender, eventually punching in a rebound for his tenth of the season.
Edmonton deflated the Chiefs’ sails late in the second with two quick goals, first by Aaron Irving (his eighth) at 17:10, then by Tyson Gruninger (his first), to tie the game at 4-4.
The Oil Kings continued to push on the gas pedal as overage forward Tyler Robertson fired a slapshot past Weatherill at the 5:26 mark of the third before fellow 20-year-old Lane Bauer scored his team-leading 14th of the season on a fortunate bounce of Spokane defenseman Evan Fiala in front of the net.
Anderson-Dolan chipped in a perfect cross-crease pass from Elynuik on a power play at the 10:29 mark of the third but that’s as close as they could get, falling 6-5.
The loss was Spokane’s first at home to the Oil Kings in the Edmonton franchise’s existence, dating back to the 2007-2008 season.
The Chiefs finished 1-for-4 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill. Shots on goal were tied, 32-32.
Spokane finishes out their homestand with games against Portland on Wednesday night and Kelowna on Friday. Wednesday will be the third of nine TicketsWest Player Magnet Giveaway Nights while Friday will be Coeur d’Alene Casino Night at the Arena.
Tickets for both games 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.