KENT, Wash. – The Seattle Thunderbirds scored two unanswered goals in the third period to defeat the Spokane Chiefs 4-2 on Friday night at ShoWare Center.
The Chiefs, who have clinched a playoff spot, ended their six-game road trip with a 4-2 record and remain six points behind second-place Portland in the Western Hockey League’s U.S. Division. Spokane has five games remaining in the regular season; the next three at home, followed by two on the road.
Filip Kral opened the scoring in the second minute for a 1-0 Chiefs lead. Riley Wood’s power-play goal early in the second period gave Spokane a 2-1 lead. After both those goals, Seattle’s Zach Andrusiak scored to tie the game.
Tied at 2 going into the third period, Seattle’s Austin Strand scored the game’s final two goals.
Spokane outshot Seattle 27-22. Donovan Buskey made 18 saves for the Chiefs.
Spokane hosts Vancouver on Saturday night at 7:05. Games against Seattle on Wednesday and Tri-City on Friday conclude the home season.
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