Chiefs bounce back, force a Game 6

Chiefs bounce back, force a Game 6

The Spokane Chiefs defeated the Victoria Royals, 4-1 in Game 5 of their 2016 WHL Playoffs Round One series, forcing a Game 6 at Spokane Arena on Sunday, April 3.

Game 6 is scheduled to start at 5:05 p.m. on Sunday night and tickets will go on sale Saturday morning at 9 a.m. via the Chiefs’ Ticket Office and TicketsWest.

Kailer Yamamoto opened the scoring with his first goal of the postseason off a pass from behind the net sent by linemate Dominic Zwerger at the 7:18 mark of the first period. Yamamoto’s brother Keanu also earned an assist on the power play goal to make it 1-0.

Curtis Miske added to Spokane’s lead just over 10 minutes later as the Chiefs used a pass from behind the net once again to push the Royals out of position and find the net. Jaret Anderson-Dolan earned the primary assist with the backhand flip front the end board.

Royals’ forward Jack Walker made a great individual effort 44 seconds after Miske’s goal to cut the Chiefs’ lead to one. The veteran winger drove to the net from the right wing and was denied by Spokane’s Lasse Petersen, but stayed with the puck and collected his own rebound slip a shot under the goalie for his third goal of the playoffs.

Jacob Cardiff scored his third goal of the series on a deflection Nik Andersen’s shot from the right corner as the Chiefs regained a two-goal lead at the 6:28 mark of the second period.

The Yamamoto brothers paired up again at 7:29 of the third period to push the Chiefs’ lead to its final margin, this time while shorthanded as Kailer saucered a pass across to Keanu for a one-timer score on a 2-on-1 rush.

Petersen finished the game with 44 saves on 45 shots, earning 1st star honors. Outhouse stopped 19 of 23 sent his way.

Spokane went 1-for-2 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.

The Chiefs trail three games to two in the best-of-seven series against the Royals. They lost the first two games on the road before splitting two at home on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 29 and 30.