Austrian forward Dominic Zwerger accounted for two goals and one assist Thursday as the Spokane Chiefs won their first preseason game by waltzing past the Portland Winterhawks 7-2 during the Tri-City Americans tournament at Toyota Center in Kennewick.
The Chiefs (1-3) broke from a 2-all tie with a five-goal third period, starting with 16-year-old forward Jaret Anderson-Dolan’s first preseason goal, assisted by Zwerger with 17 minutes, 29 seconds left.
Zwerger, who had given Spokane a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 3:03 of the first period, pushed the lead to 5-2 with a power-play goal midway through the third, on a rebound of Kailer Yamamoto’s shot. Defenseman Ty Smith picked up the secondary assist.
Danish forward Nik Andersen scored his first goal as a Chief with 4:49 left. Curtis Miske capped the scoring with a little more than 1 minute left.
Rookies Taylor Ross and Hayden Ostir also scored for the Chiefs. Spokane outshot Portland 51-28. Chiefs goalie Garret Hughson made 26 saves.
Portland dropped to 3-2 in preseason.
Spokane will meet the Red Deer Rebels at 3 p.m. Saturday in Kennewick.
The Chiefs will open the regular season on Sept. 26 at home against Tri-City
The Spokane Shock signed defensive backs Terry Shankle and Randall Burden in preparation for the 2016 Indoor Football League season.
Shankle (North Carolina) played six games for the IFL’s Nebraska Danger in 2015, recording 22 tackles. Burden (Kentucky) had 28 tackles in seven games last season for the Arena Football League’s Tampa Bay Storm.
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