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WHL suspends Spokane Chiefs’ Elynuik for Friday hit

The Spokane Chiefs' Keanu Yamamoto, left, and Hudson Elynuik sit in the penalty box, giving the Tri-City Americans a two-man advantage in a penalty-heavy first period Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 at the Spokane Arena, the Chiefs' season opener. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
The Spokane Chiefs' Keanu Yamamoto, left, and Hudson Elynuik sit in the penalty box, giving the Tri-City Americans a two-man advantage in a penalty-heavy first period Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 at the Spokane Arena, the Chiefs' season opener. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane Chiefs forward Hudson Elynuik has been suspended by the WHL for a hit he delivered in Friday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Everett Silvertips.

The Western Hockey League suspended Elynuik Saturday morning for a length of time yet to be determined. Elynuik, 19, delivered a hit late in the game and was called for charging major and game misconduct penalties.

The hit led to a 5-minute power play in which the Silvertips scored twice to take a 3-2 lead. Spokane’s Markson Bechtold scored a short-handed goal with 1:08 to play, but the Chiefs lost the game 24 seconds into overtime when Patrick Bajkov scored to make it 4-3 Silvertips.

Elynuik, who was drafted in the third round by the Carolina Panthers in the 2016 NHL Draft, has one goal and four assists through five games this season for the Chiefs.

The Spokane Chiefs (2-4-0-1, five points) play Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. against the Portland Winterhawks (6-3-1-0, 14 points) at the Spokane Arena.

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