Zummack lifts Spokane to overtime win over Everett

Chief’s goalie nominated for CHL Goalie of the Week
Chief's goalie nominated for CHL Goalie of the Week

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs bested the division-rival Everett Silvertips for the first time this season on Wednesday night as Eli Zummack played hero in the Chiefs’ 3-2 overtime victory.

New Jersey Devils prospect Ty Smith recorded his 200th career WHL point at 14:53 of the first when he fired a shot from the blue line that found its way through traffic and past Everett netminder Dustin Wolf for the captain’s third goal over his last four games. Smith becomes the second ever Chiefs rearguard to reach the 200-point milestone, joining Brenden Kichton (2008-13).

Spokane flipped the script on a second period power play chance for Everett when Eli Zummack forced a turnover just outside the Silvertips’ defensive zone and dropped a pass back to a streaking Adam Beckman, who slammed it home for the shorthanded goal to give the Chiefs the 2-0 lead at 4:49. The Tips answered just 29 seconds later with a goal by winger Jalen Price to cut the lead in half as the things headed to the second intermission.

The Chiefs managed to keep Everett off the board for most of the third period, but a Ty Kolle marker at 17:03 tied things at 2-2 and eventually forced overtime. It was Zummack once again making an impact in the extra frame as the fourth-year turned on the jets down the right wing before flipping a backhand shot by Wolf at 2:07 to secure the victory.

Los Angeles Kings prospect Lukas Parik received the start in net for Spokane and was 32-of-34 on the night while Wolf ended the game 26-of-29. Both sides went 0-for-2 on the power play.