EVERETT – No. 501 will have to wait.
Two nights after presenting Don Nachbaur with his 500th career Western Hockey League coaching victory, the Spokane Chiefs squandered a three-goal lead in the last 10 minutes of regulation and dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to the Everett Silvertips.
Joshua Winquist’s 10th goal, on a power play 3 minutes, 23 seconds into the extra period, produced just the Silvertips’ eighth win in 42 games.
It ended a four-game winning streak for the Chiefs, who had beaten Everett twice in the previous five days, including 7-1 Wednesday for Nachbaur’s 500th victory.
The power play was instrumental for Everett. The Silvertips not only went 2 for 2 with a man advantage, they scored a short-handed goal and held Spokane 0 for 4.
Darren Kramer scored his 15th goal for Spokane and newcomer Dylan Walchuk his first on redirections in the first period. Davis Vandane got his first in the second and Spokane looked to have things well in hand.
But Ryan Murray’s short-handed goal at 10:10 of the third ignited the Silvertips and Josh Birkholz on a power play and Kohl Bauml on a rebound with the Everett net vacant sent it to overtime.
• A silent auction to benefit Chiefs Care, featuring a game-worn Tyler Johnson Chiefs jersey and other memorabilia, will be held at tonight’s game in the Arena against Tri-City. Chiefs Care raises money for the continuing education of Chiefs players and their involvement in community activities.