Thunderbirds winger Dillon Hamaliuk tries to drive the puck up the ice as Chiefs defenseman Luke Gallagher provides resistance during WHL play Friday night. COURTESY PHOTO, Brian Liesse, T-Birds

Thunderbirds winger Dillon Hamaliuk tries to drive the puck up the ice as Chiefs defenseman Luke Gallagher provides resistance during WHL play Friday night. COURTESY PHOTO, Brian Liesse, T-Birds

Chiefs turn back Thunderbirds

Volcan scores two goals in 5-3 loss to Spokane

  • Saturday, December 15, 2018 7:50am
  • Sports

The Spokane Chiefs defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds in a Western Hockey League game 5-3 Friday night at the accesso ShoWare Center.

Seattle (11-15-3-0) took a 1-0 lead at 10:40 of the first period on a great shorthanded goal by Nolan Volcan.

The T-Birds penalty kill unit – Volcan, Matthew Wedman, Reece Harsch, Jake Lee and goalie Liam Hughes – bent but did not break. The foursome blocked multiple shots, and Hughes made several good saves before Volcan was able to poke the puck out of the zone. The Chiefs mishandled the loose puck in the neutral zone, and Volcan skated hard to get it, broke away and came down on Spokane goalie Bailey Brkin, beating him with quick shot through the goalie’s legs.

Spokane (18-11-2-2) tied the game 1-1 with one minute left in the game on a power-play goal by Jake McGrew. Luke Toporowski and Jack Finley had the assists.

McGrew scored at 1:35 of the second period on assists from Eli Zummack and Adam Beckman to put the Chiefs up 2-1.

Volcan answered back for the T-Birds at 8:15 of the second period. A Chiefs defenseman mishandled the puck at the Seattle blue line to give Volcan a breakaway, who skated at Brkin, made a move left, brought the puck to his backhand and lifted it over the goalie’s left pad for his second goal of the game.

Beckman scored at 9:36 of the second to make it a 3-2 Chiefs lead. McGrew had the only assist.

Payton Mount tied the game 3-3 at 17:33 of the second. Mount came out of the left circle and into the left circle and wired a wrist shot over Brkin’s glove for his second goal of the season.

Zummack scored an unassisted goal at 19:45 of the second to give the Chiefs a 4-3 lead.

With just over a minute left in the third period, the T-Birds pulled Hughes for an extra attacker. The T-Birds had several good chances before McGrew hit the empty net with 29 seconds left in the game.

Seattle outshot Spokane 13-8 in the third period but the Chiefs finished with a 32-27 advantage in shot.

Hughes had 27 saves on 31 shots, and his record is 10-13-2-0. Brkin had 24 saves on 27 shots, and his record is 13-5-1-1.

On the road

The T-Birds travel to Everett to play the Silvertips at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. They are in Spokane on Sunday to face the Chiefs at 5:05 p.m.

Tickets are on sale online on the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare box office.

Fans who purchase the 24-flex ticket packagewill be able to select any available premium seat for any game, in any ticket combination, during the 2018-19 season.

SCORING SUMMARY

First period – 1, Seattle, Volcan 11, 10:40 (sh). 2, Spokane, McGrew 9 (Toporowski, Finley), 19:00. Penalties – Williams, Sea (holding), 9:06. Brkin, Spo (tripping-served by Larson), 12:41. Mount, Sea (slashing), 17:52. Lee, Sea (roughing), 18:49. Smith, Spo (roughing), 18:49.

Second period – 3, Spokane, McGrew 10 (Zummack, Beckman), 1:35. 4, Seattle, Volcan 12, 8:15. 5, Spokane, Beckman 15 (McGrew), 9:36. 6, Seattle, Mount 2, 17:32. 7, Spokane, Zummack 10, 19:45. Penalties – Larson, Spo (interference), 2:02. Andrusiak, Sea (holding), 10:41.

Third period – 8, Spokane, McGrew 11, 19:31 (en). Penalties – Volcan, Sea (holding), 9:09.

Shots on goal – Seattle 7-7-13 27, Spokane 9-15-8 32. Goalies – Seattle, Hughes 31 shots-27 saves (10-13-2-0); Spokane, Brkin 27-24 (12-5-1-1). Power plays – Seattle 0-2; Spokane 1-4. A – 4,483. Referees – Adam Griffiths, Ian Jendro. Linesmen – Michael Bean, Daniel Spore.

More in Sports

Kids will learn power skating, speed and agility through drills at the T-Birds Skills Camp. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter
Sanders to be instructor at Thunderbirds Skills Camp

School on ice returns in August at accesso ShoWare Center

Franklin Ceballos rides Baja Sur to a 1¾-length victory in the $50,000 Coca-Cola Stakes for 3-year-olds at Emerald Downs on Sunday. COURTESY TRACK PHOTO
Baja Sur sharp in $50,000 Coca-Cola Stakes

3-year-olds delivers third stakes win and fourth victory at Auburn track

T-birds announce 6-game preseason schedule | WHL

The Seattle Thunderbirds have announced their 2019 exhibition schedule, beginning Aug. 30… Continue reading

King County Council honors Kent School District athletic director Dave Lutes

Retires after 42 years as athletic director, coach, teacher

Undefeated Baja Sur, with Franklin Ceballos up, returns to action in Sunday’s $50,000 Coca-Cola Stakes for 3-year-olds at Emerald Downs. COURTESY TRACK PHOTO
Baja Sur tops Sunday’s $50,000 Coca-Cola Stakes

One of the track’s most exciting prospects in several years headlines the… Continue reading

COURTESY PHOTO, Stars
Bronze Stars: Club takes third in North American Sand Soccer Championships

The Kent-based Tacoma Stars defeated the Maryzillians 5-2 on Sunday to secure… Continue reading

Alittlelesstalk, right, holds off Mucho Amor in the Kent Stakes at Emerald Downs on Sunday. COURTESY TRACK PHOTO
Alittlelesstalk takes a Kent Stakes thriller

Upsets favored Mucho Amor in $50,000 sprint for 3-year-old fillies

Kentridge’s Henderson, K-M’s Murillo best at their craft

Fast times were good times for Bonet Henderson. The Kentridge High School… Continue reading

Most Read