Spokane steals game one in Everett with third period outburst
EVERETT, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs scored four goals in the third period on their way to a 6-3 win over the Everett Silvertips on Saturday night. Ethan McIndoe picked up a three-point night with two goals and an assist to lead the charge as Spokane jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven second-round series.
Spokane was fueled largely by good starts as they scored under three minutes into each period, including McIndoe’s first of the night just 2:01 into regulation.
Everett’s Zack Andrusiak tied it up on the power play at 12:54 to make it 1-1 into the first intermission, but the Chiefs struck again 1:41 into the second period as Eli Zummack ripped one home on a breakaway to make it 2-1. Defenseman Noah King earned an assist on the play after finding Zummack behind the Everett defense with a long stretch pass.
Jackson Berezowski responded for Everett late in the period – with just 26 seconds left – for his first of the postseason to give the home team energy into the second intermission.
Once more it was the Chiefs finding the net early to snag momentum as Luke Toporowski pounced on a loose puck inside the Everett zone before snapping home a perfect shot inside the right post. The goal extended Toporowski’s goal streak to four games.
Spokane earned their first power play of the game midway through the third and took no time in capitalizing as leading scorer Riley Woods flushed one in on a rebound for his fifth of the playoffs, extending his point streak to seven games dating back to the regular season.
Berezowski scored his second of the night to cut the lead back to one goal at 4-3 with 6:52 left in regulation, but McIndoe was there to respond with his second at 16:26, wrapping the puck behind the net before beating Everett netminder Dustin Wolf low.
Overage forward Luc Smith chipped the final tally into an empty net to seal the game, pushing Spokane to an early 1-0 series lead.
Spokane’s Bailey Brkin started and turned aside 29 of 32 Everett shots. Wolf finished 17-for-22 as Spokane was outshot 23-32 on the night. The Chiefs finished 1-for-1 on the power play and 2-for-3 on the penalty kill.
The second game of the series will be Sunday afternoon in Everett, with a 4:05 p.m. puck drop.
Spokane continues their second-round playoff series versus the Everett Silvertips on the road on Sunday, April 7 (4:05 p.m.). Mike Boyle will have the radio call on 103.5 FM The Game & 1510 AM KGA beginning with the pre-game show at 3:30 p.m.