Kelowna, B.C – Riley Woods scored in overtime and the Spokane Chiefs edged the Kelowna Rockets 3-2 at Prospera Place, snapping a two-game skid.
Woods was acquired on Monday from Regina, along with fellow winger Rykr Cole, in exchange for Wyatt Sloboshan and a third round pick.
Woods’ game-winner came with just under two minutes to play in the extra session. Jaret Anderson-Dolan took the puck behind the Kelowna net and slid it between circles, where Woods collected and went five-hole against Michael Herringer (19 saves).
Overtime became necessary when the Rockets evened the game with 3 minutes, 43 seconds to go in regulation on Riley Stadel’s fifth goal of the season.
The Chiefs (16-16-5-1, 38 points, fifth in U.S. Division) built a 2-0 lead midway through the second period. Kailer Yamamoto started the scoring with a power play goal, his team-leading 23rd overall of the season, at the 10:36 mark of the second, assisted by Ty Smith and Hudson Elynuik.
Tyson Helgesen made it 2-0 35 seconds later with his sixth of the campaign, from Nolan Reid and Eli Zummack.
Kelowna (23-14-3-0, 49 points, third in B.C. Division) halved its deficit with just under two minutes left in the frame, with Rodney Southam’s ninth of the season.
Jayden Sittler made 33 saves to earn his 10th win of the season. Kelowna outshot Spokane 35-22.
The Chiefs continue their road trip against the Kootenai Ice on Friday at 6 p.m. in Cranbrook, B.C.
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