Chiefs Topple T-Birds

Brian Liesse

Strand scores in 5-1 loss to Spokane

KENT, February 18, 2018 — The Spokane Chiefs defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 5-1 Sunday night at accesso ShoWare Center.

The T-Birds next game is Wednesday in Kennewick against the Tri-City Americans at 7:05pm.

The T-Birds are in the second wild card spot in the Western Conference playoff standings. They are one point behind the Tri-City Americans in the first wild card playoff spot. They are four points behind the Chiefs in third place in the US Division.

Spokane (33-20-3-2) took a 1-0 lead at 16:40 of the first period on an unassisted shorthanded breakaway goal from Hudson Elynuik.

The Chiefs made it 2-0 at 17:51 of the first when a shot by Nolan Reid from the right circle deflected off a T-Birds defenseman and past Seattle goalie Liam Hughes.

Spokane outshot Seattle 13-10 in the first period.

Kailer Yamamoto scored at 17:01 of the second period on a power-play to give the Chiefs a 3-0 lead.

Strand_Teaser_021818Seattle (28-21-7-2) cut the Spokane lead to two goals at 18:01 of the second. Noah Philp brought the puck up the right boards and backhanded it to Austin Strand the right point. Strand took a wrist shot with traffic in front of Spokane goalie Dawson Weatherill. Strand’s shot beat the goalie over the glove for his 19th goal of the season.

Spokane had a 25-17 advantage in shots after two periods by outshooting the T-Birds 12-7 in the period.

Spokane took the three-goal lead back at 1:02 of the third period on a goal by Jaret Anderson-Dolan.

Yamamoto scored at 10:19 of the third to give the Chiefs a 5-1 lead.

Spokane outshot Seattle 36-26 in the game.

Hughes had 31 saves on 36 shots and his record is 10-8-4-1.

Weatherill had 25 saves on 26 shots and his record is 21-9-3-2.

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, Spokane, Elynuik 24, 16:40 (sh). 2, Spokane, Reid 12, 17:51. Penalties – Smith, Spo (interference), 3:42. Wedman, Sea (tripping), 11:19. Toporowski, Spo (hooking), 15:31.

Second period – 3, Spokane, Yamamoto 15 (Anderson-Dolan, Smith), 17:01 (pp). 4, Seattle, Strand 19 (Philp, Ottenbreit), 18:01. Penalties – Ottenbreit, Spo (hooking), 15:38. McKay, Spo (roughing), 20:00. Tyszka, Sea (roughing), 20:00.

Third period – 5, Spokane, Anderson-Dolan 34 (Yamamoto), 1:02. 6, Spokane, Yamamoto 16 (McIndoe, Reid), 10:19. Penalties – Volcan, Sea (10-minute misconduct), 15:59. Toporowski, Spo (10-minute misconduct), 15:59.

Shots on goal – Seattle 10-7-9 26, Spokane 13-12-11 36. Goalies – Seattle, Hughes 36 shots-31 saves (10-8-4-1); Spokane, Weatherill 26-25 (21-9-3-2). Power plays – Seattle 0-2; Spokane 1-2. A – ,5099. Referees – Ryan Benbow, Adam Griffiths. Linesmen – Michael Bean, Michael Labbe.

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