Yamamoto With Late Game Heroics In Chiefs Win

Yamamoto With Late Game Heroics In Chiefs Win

The Spokane Chiefs survived a late scare to come out on top of a physical matchup against the visiting Kamloops Blazers on Wednesday night, 3-2.

The Blazers’ Joe Gatenby opened the scoring at 3:26 of the first, chipping in his 12th goal of the season to give Kamloops a 1-0 lead.

Eli Zummack, in his first game back from the injured list since Jan. 10, pulled things even at 1-1 midway through the first with his 11th goal. After a Tyson Helgesen shot created a rebound, Zummack collected the puck and skated around the right side of the net, tucking it inside the left post to beat Blazer goaltender Dylan Ferguson.

Barely four minutes later, San Jose Sharks prospect Jake McGrew got in on the action on the power play to make it 2-1 Spokane. Forward Jaret Anderson-Dolan extended his point streak to eight games with the secondary assist on the play as he fired a pass from the top of the left circle across the zone to Kailer Yamamoto, who found McGrew camped out in front of the net to take the lead.

Spokane found themselves on the penalty kill early and often in the third period, but it was 5-on-5 when Kamloops’ Jackson Shepard slipped the Chiefs’ defense for a breakaway goal at 14:06 to tie things up at 2-2.

The game appeared to be ticketed for overtime until Helgesen put a shot on goal from the point that Yamamoto redirected for the game-winning goal with just 28 seconds left in regulation. The goal pushed the Edmonton Oilers prospect to 98 for his career and gave Helgesen his 98th career point.

Dawson Weatherill continued his hot streak between the pipes since returning from injury, saving 29-of-31 Kamloops shots on the night while Dylan Ferguson was 24-for-27. The Chiefs ended the night 1-for-5 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.