Chiefs shut down T-Birds | WHL preseason

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The Spokane Chiefs defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 1-0 Sunday afternoon in the T-Birds' third preseason game at the Everett Silvertips Preseason Classic.

Seattle goalie Logan Flodell stopped 52 of 53 shots he faced in the game.

The T-Birds are 2-1-0-0 in the preseason with four games remaining on the schedule. They beat the Tri-City Americans 4-0 on Friday and the Victoria Royals 5-4 in overtime on Saturday.

The T-Birds' next preseason appearance will be in Kennewick at the Red Lion Hotels' Preseason Tournament at the Toyota Center. The T-Birds will play the Spokane Chiefs at 3 p.m. Thursday and face the Everett Silvertips at 11 a.m. Friday.

Spokane took a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal from Adam Helewka at 10:24 of the first period. Liam Stewart and Tyson Helgesen had the assists.

Spokane outshot Seattle 15-10 in the first period.

Garret Hughson replaced Tyson Verhelst in Spokane's net with 5:06 left in the second period. Verhelst stopped all 16 shots he faced.

The Chiefs outshot the T-Birds 16-6 in the second period and led 31-16 in shots after two periods.

Hughson stopped all three shots he faced.

Spokane outshot Seattle 22-3 in the third period and 53-19 in the game.


First period - 1, Spokane, Helewka 1 (Stewart, Helgesen), 10:24 (pp). Penalties - Oneschuk, Spo (cross checking), 5:55. Sauer, Sea (slashing), 9:51. Osterman, Sea (hooking), 16:08.

Second period - No scoring. Penalties - Helgesen, Spo (hooking), 1:04. Neuls, Sea (delay of game), 4:11. Holowko, Sea (delay of game), 5:31. Helewka, Spo (10-minute misconduct), 14:54. Sauer, Sea (hooking), 16:12. Volcan, Sea (boarding), 17:53.

Third period - No scoring. Penalties - Mckechnie, Sea (hooking), 1:57. Wardley, Sea (boarding), 6:41. Henry, Sea (roughing), 8:32. Oneschuk, Spo (roughing), 8:32. Wardley, Sea (slashing), 11:49. Hauf, Sea (tripping), 18:09.

Shots on goal - Seattle 10-6-3 19, Spokane 15-16-22 53. Goalies - Seattle, Flodell 53 shots-52 saves (0-1-0-0); Spokane, Verhelst 16-16 (1-0-0-0), Hughson 3-3. Power plays - Seattle 0-2; Spokane 1-9. Referees - Mark Pearce, Sean Raphael. Linesmen - Michael Bean, Adam Brastad.

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