SEATTLE – Kailer Yamamoto scored his 15th and 16th goals of the season and added an assist as the Spokane Chiefs beat the Seattle Thunderbirds 5-1 Sunday night.
The Chiefs have won three straight and eight of their last nine.
Spokane’s Hudson Elynuik scored a shorthanded goal and teammate Nolan Reid added another unassisted goal, his first score in nearly two months, for a 2-0 lead in the first period. It was Elynuik’s 24th goal and Reid’s 12th.
Yamamoto scored on a power play with a one-timer from Jaret Anderson-Dolan with Ty Smith also getting an assist. Seattle made it 3-1 on Austin Strand’s goal at 18:03 of the second.
Anderson-Dolan put his 34th goal in the net off an assist from Yamamoto in a 4-on-4 situation early in the fourth period. Yamamoto added the final score with assists to Reid and Ethan McIndoe.
Dawson Weatherill made 25 saves for Spokane, which with 71 points moved past Vancouver in the Western Division. The Chiefs remain third in the U.S. Division, three points back of Portland and five ahead of Tri-City.
The Chiefs open a three-game homestand Tuesday against division leader Everett at 7:05 p.m.