Thunderbirds fall to Chiefs

Roulette scores in 4-1 loss to Spokane

  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019 1:40pm
  • Sports

The Spokane Chiefs defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-1 in Western Hockey League play Tuesday night at Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane.

Spokane took a 1-0 lead on goal by Eli Zummack at 2:43 of the first period.

Seattle tied the game 1-1 at 10:33 of the first on Conner Roulette’s fifth goal of the season. Roulette tipped the puck off the right boards and past a Spokane defenseman. Roulette raced past the defenseman to get the puck and create a breakaway. Roulette skated at Spokane goalie Lucas Parik and beat the goalie on the stick side with a snapshot.

The Chiefs went in front 2-1 on a power-play goal by Bobby Russell at 16:26 of the first.

Noah King scored 19 seconds into the second period to give the Chiefs a 3-1 lead.

Bear Hughes scored a five-on-three power-play goal at 15:50 of the third period to get Spokane’s fourth goal.


The T-Birds have back-to-back game this weekend in Victoria against the Royals. The two teams play on Friday and Saturday at 7:05 p.m. They return home to play Spokane on Dec. 10 – a Dave and Buster’s 2-for-Tuesday. All tickets, soda, popcorn, hot dogs and beer have special two-for-one prices. Single-game tickets are on sale online and at the accesso ShoWare Center.

The T-Birds’ holiday premium voucher package is available – 12 flexible vouchers valid for any home game from Jan. 11 to March 21, for $23 a voucher. There are no service charges or other fees to purchase the package. Fans can contact the T-Birds at 253-239-PUCK (7825) or go online to purchase a voucher package.


First period – 1, Zummack 8 (Toporowski), 2:43. 2, Seattle, Roulette 5, 10:33. 3, Spokane, Russell 6 (King, Larson), 16:26 (pp). Penalties – Toporowski, Spo (goaltender interference), :30. McNelly, Sea (cross checking, roughing), 3:15. King, Spo (roughing), 3:15. Kral, Spo (holding opponents stick), 11:06. Wedman, Sea (slashing), 15:00. Rybinski, Sea (roughing), 17:05. Leduc, Spo (unsportsmanlike conduct), 17:05.

Second period – 4, Spokane, King 3 (Larson, Finley), :19. Penalties – Wedman, Sea (holding), 2:55. Gabruch, Spo (hooking), 16:13.

Third period – 5, Spokane, Hughes 11 (Smith, Zummack), 15:51 (pp). Penalties – Rempe, Sea (slashing), 6:21. McNelly, Sea (cross checking), 10:33. Bauer, Sea (slashing), 13:54. McNelly, Sea (major-cross checking, game misconduct), 15:07.

Shots on goal – Seattle 15-13-6 34, Spokane 19-10-12 41. Goalies – Seattle, Ross 41 shots-37 saves (7-10-2-1); Spokane, Parik 34-33 (8-2-2-0). Power plays – Seattle 0-3; Spokane 2-7. Referees – Stephen Campbell, Mark Pearce. Linesmen – Jackson Kozari, Daniel Spore.

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