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Tuesday, November 19, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Big rally lifts Spokane Chiefs over conference-leading Prince George

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Spokane Chiefs erased an early two-goal deficit and beat the Western Hockey League Western Conference-leading Prince George Cougars, 4-3, at the CN Center on Monday.

The Cougars led 3-1 after the first period, after Spokane goaltender Dawson Weatherill let in goals from Tate Olson, Radovan Bondra and Jansen Harkins. Weatherill’s teammates didn’t do him any favors, allowing Prince George to fire 24 shots on goal in the first period to Spokane’s seven.

It’s Spokane’s fourth win of the season when trailing after two periods (4-23).

Kailer Yamamoto scored the Chiefs’ lone first-period goal at the 11:34 mark by capitalizing on a turnover in the Chiefs’ offensive zone. The goal was unassisted.

Spokane mounted its comeback with a trio of power-play goals.

Hudson Elynuik scored his 20th goal of the season 5:59 into the second period. Keanu Yamamoto tied the game at three 1:32 into the third period and Jaret Anderson-Dolan potted the game-winner, his sixth of the season, with 8:40 left to play.

Keanu Yamamoto picked up three points with a goal and two assists. Anderson-Dolan, Kailer Yamamoto and Elynuik chipped in with a goal and an assist. Weatherill stopped39 of 42 shots.

The Chiefs took advantage of Prince George penalties, scoring three times in 10 power-play opportunities. Spokane’s penalty kill was effective, as Prince George was 0 for 5 in its power-play chances.

Spokane remains eight points behind Portland for the eighth and final playoff spot. The Winterhawks thumped Kamloops 4-0 on Monday.

The Chiefs are back in action tomorrow for their second consecutive game against the Cougars (5:05 PST).

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