KENT, Wash. – Adam Beckman scored twice, and Spokane overwhelmed Seattle in the second period en route to a 4-2 victory in a Western Hockey League showdown at the ShoWare Center on Tuesday night.
Eli Zummack and Michael King scored 2 1/2 minutes apart in the second period, during which Spokane (17-9-3-0) outshot the Thunderbirds 14-3. The Chiefs enjoyed a man advantage five times in the period – seven times in the game – including when Zummack scored for a 2-1 lead at the 17:01 mark.
Bear Hughes and Adam Beckman were credited with assists on Zummack’s goal. Matt Leduc and Leif Mattson assisted on King’s goal for a 3-1 cushion with 27 seconds remaining in the period.
Seattle closed within 3-2 just 6 minutes into the final period with Matthew Rempe’s power-play goal. Beckman sealed the outcome, however, with an empty-net goal with 57 seconds left in the game, increasing the Chiefs’ winning streak to five – their longest of the season.
Tyrel Bauer gave Seattle (9-16-2-1) a 1-0 with a goal 12 1/2 minutes into the game, but the Chiefs pulled even less than 3 minutes later with Beckman’s power-play goal. Hughes and Noah King earned an assist on Beckman’s tally.
Spokane goaltender Arnold Campbell stopped 19 shots. Thunderbirds goalie Roddy Ross made 27 saves.
The teams face off at the same venue at 6:05 p.m. Saturday.
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