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Surge carries Seattle past Chiefs

KENT, Wash. – Jaimen Yakubowski’s empty-net goal capped a three-goal third period and the Seattle Thunderbirds rolled to their third straight victory over the Spokane Chiefs, 4-2 in Western Hockey League play on Saturday.

Seattle led 1-0 after the first period on Alexander Delnov’s 15th goal of the season.

Mitch Holmberg’s power-play goal for Spokane at the 17:36 mark of the second period knotted the score at 1-1. It was Holmberg’s league-leading 33rd goal of the season and his 11th goal with a man advantage – third in the league.

Defenseman Ethan Bear put the Thunderbirds back on top just 2:10 into the final period.

The Chiefs pulled even at 2-2 on the strength of Connor Chartier’s short-handed goal just 2:55 later. It was his sixth netter of the season.

Seattle had the last two laughs, however, when Ryan Gropp scored on a power play at 10:20 and Yakubowski’s empty-netter at 19:29.

Spokane (18-12-0-2, 38 points) falls into fourth place in the U.S. Division, two points behind Seattle (18-9-1-3).

Spokane hosts second-place Everett on Wednesday.

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