Chiefs Take Down T-Birds

Larry Brunt

Tyszka and Harsch score in 9-2 loss to Spokane

SPOKANE, December 9, 2017 — The Spokane Chiefs defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 9-2 Saturday night at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.

The T-Birds next game is Friday, December 15, against the Prince George Cougars at 7:35pm at accesso ShoWare Center.

Seattle (13-14-3-1) took a 1-0 lead at 13:44 of the first period on a power-play goal by Jarret Tyszka. Donovan Neuls entered the Chiefs zone at center ice and he passed the puck to Zack Andrusiak in the right circle. Andrusiak found Tyszka at the left point. Tyszka took a wrist shot with Nolan Volcan screening Spokane goalie Donovan Buskey and beat the goalie on the stick side.

Spokane (16-11-1-2) tied the game 1-1 at 14:37 of the first on a scramble goal by Jaret Anderson-Dolan. Nolan Reid had the only assist on the goal.

The Chiefs outshot the T-Birds 13-6 in the first period.

Spokane scored two goals 20 seconds apart in the first five minutes of the second period to take a 3-1 lead. Jake McGrew scored at 4:25 and Tyson Helgesen scored at 4:45.

The Chiefs made it 5-1 with a goal by Zack Fischer at 14:01 and Milos Farfak at 16:01.

Matt Berlin replaced Dorrin Luding in Seattle’s net after the Chiefs fourth goal. Luding had 19 saves on 23 shots.

Spokane had a 26-12 advantage in shots after two periods.

Anderson-Dolan scored an unassisted shorthanded goal at 5:09 of the third period give the Chiefs a 6-1 lead. Fischer made it 7-1 at 9:08 of the third with his second goal of the game.

Farfak scored at 13:09 and 13:23 of the third to give the Chiefs a 9-1 lead.

Reece Harsch scored the T-Birds second goal at 16:05 of the third on a slap shot on the power play. Turner Ottenbreit had the only assist.

Spokane outshot Seattle 40-19 in the game.

Berlin had 12 saves on 17 shots.

Buskey made 17 saves on 19 shots.

T-Birds single game tickets for the 2017-18 season are currently on sale online on the T-Birds website and at the accesso ShoWare Center box office.

Season Tickets for the WHL Champion T-Birds 2017-18 season are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.


First period – 1, Seattle, Tyszka 4 (Neuls, Andrusiak), 13:44. 2, Spokane, Anderson-Dolan 11 (Reid), 14:37. Penalties – Neuls, Sea (holding), 5:01. Chorney, Spo (holding), 13:19. McGrew, Spo (tripping), 17:51. Moilanen, Sea (hooking), 19:32.

Second period – 3, Spokane, McGrew 5 (Kral), 4:25. 4, Spokane, Helgesen 4 (Yamamoto, Anderson-Dolan), 4:45. 5, Spokane, Fischer 12 (Gallagher, Elynuik), 14:01. 6, Spokane, Farfak 3 (Kral), 16:01. Penalties – Lee, Sea (interference), 1:53. Lee, Sea (slashing), 9:06. Ottenbreit, Sea (slashing), 17:58.

Third period – 7, Spokane, Anderson-Dolan 12, 5:09 (sh). 8, Spokane, Fischer 13 (Woods, Smith), 9:08. 9, Spokane, Farfak 4 (Helgesen), 13:09. 10, Spokane, Farfak 5 (Faith, Helgesen), 13:23. 11, Seattle, Harsch 4 (Ottenbreit), 16:05. Penalties – Volcan, Sea (interference), 2:45. Reid, Spo (slashing), 4:29. Kral, Sea (holding), 14:37. Moilanen, Sea (delay of game), 17:24.

Shots on goal – Seattle 6-6-7 17, Spokane 13-13-14 40. Goalies – Seattle, Luding 23 shots-19 saves (3-9-1-0), Berlin 17-12; Spokane, Buskey 19-17 (5-3-0-0). Power plays – Seattle 2-4; Spokane 0-7. A – 10,059. Referees – Nick Panter, Steve Papp. Linesmen – Jarrod Bowman, Cody Wanner.

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