Tough Second Period Sinks Chiefs
SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs lost for the first time in over a week on Tuesday night at Spokane Arena, falling to the division-leading Everett Silvertips, 4-1. The loss snapped the Chiefs’ three-game winning streak and marked only their second regulation loss since January 17.
After a scoreless first period, Everett got on the board first, scoring just 31 seconds into the second period when Garrett Pilon tucked a wrap-around goal inside the right post.
Later in the period, forward Riley Sutter deflected a shot on a power play to extend Everett’s lead to 2-0 at 12:53.
Pilon struck again for his 30th of the season at 14:17 on a delayed penalty, batting the puck in out of midair after Chiefs’ goaltender Dawson Weatherill made a high save with his right shoulder that popped it up into the air in front.
The Chiefs would not go quietly and answered with a goal of their own at 17:11 when Eli Zummack took a Luke Gallagher stretch pass off the right wall, dragged to the slot and beat Everett netminder Carter Hart to the top-left corner. The goal, Zummack’s 12th of the year, made it 3-1 Everett with 2:49 left in the middle frame.
The Chiefs pressured early the third period but couldn’t capitalize, hitting the post multiple times. Everett picked up their fourth of the night when Connor Dewar broke through the Chiefs’ defense and backhanded his 30th goal past Weatherill to make it 4-1. [related_links]
Spokane was outshot 34-29 on the night. They went 0-for-2 on the power play and 0-for-1 on the penalty kill.