Yamamoto Shines in Chiefs Return

LETHBRIDGE, Alberta - If there was any doubt about the impact forward Kailer Yamamoto could have with the Chiefs, it’s gone now. Yamamoto scored once and added three assists for a four-point night in his first game back with Spokane since being reassigned by the Edmonton Oilers earlier this week, leading the Chiefs to a 6-3 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday night.

Lethbridge got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead just 6:45 into regulation as forward Jake Elmer roofed a perfect shot over Dawson Weatherill’s left shoulder.

The Chiefs responded quickly, with team captain Tyson Helgesen slapping home his second goal of the season off a Lethbridge defender less than a minute later to make it 1-1, with assists to Ty Smith and Yamamoto.

Spokane took their first lead of the night with just over five minutes left in the opening period, taking advantage of a Tate Olson tripping penalty to score on the power play. Yamamoto served up a perfect backhand pass across the offensive zone to a waiting Jaret Anderson-Dolan, who one-timed it past Oilers goalie prospect Stuart Skinner. Eli Zummack picked up his first assist of the night on the play.

Zummack added his second assist of the evening while shorthanded at the 17:20 mark, showing patience with the puck to find the trailing Yamamoto, who chipped in his first goal of the season to make it 3-1.

Ethan McIndoe, Riley Woods and Jake McGrew got in on the action midway through the second period as McIndoe finished a beautiful tic-tac-toe rush to score his fourth of the season and extend the lead to three goals.