Blake Swetlikoff, Luke Toporowski lead Chiefs to victory at Tri-City
Dec. 31, 2021 Updated Fri., Dec. 31, 2021 at 10:06 p.m.
From staff reports
Blake Swetlikoff and Luke Toporowski each had two goals and an assist as the Spokane Chiefs defeated the host Tri-City Americans 7-3 Friday night in Western Hockey League action at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.
Kooper Gizowski, James Form and Timafey Kovgoreniya also scored for the Chiefs (8-17-2-1), who pulled within three points of the fourth-place Americans in the five-team U.S. Division. Goaltender Manny Panghli made 19 saves for Spokane, which bounced back from a 6-2 home loss to Seattle the previous night.
The Chiefs will play their third game in as many nights when they are scheduled to host the rival Americans at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at the Spokane Arena.
Jake Sloan, Dwayne Jean Jr. and Parker Bell scored for the Americans (9-14-4-0) and Rhett Melynk added two assists. Tri-City goalie Nick Avakyan stopped 25 of 31 shots.
The Chiefs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening 12:06 of the game.
Form opened the scoring just 2:12 in, with Logan Cunningham and Erik Atchison getting assists.
Swetlikoff made it 2-0 at 8:22 of the first, with Saige Weinstein and Toporowski credited with the helpers.
Toporowski extended the lead to 3-0 at 12:06 off a pass from Swetlikoff. It was Toporowski’s 12th goal of the season, breaking a tie with Chase Bertholet for the team lead.
Tri-City got one goal back before the end of the period as Bell scored at 15:32.
Swetlikoff made it 4-1 at 8:33 of the second on the power play, with Cordel Larson and Yannick Proske getting assists.
Sloan scored at 13:19 to pull the Americans within 4-2.
Gizowski then scored his first WHL goal, unassisted, at 17:10 to give Spokane a 5-2 advantage heading into the final period.
Toporowski added his second of the night and 13th of the season at 5:37 of the third.
Kovgoreniya capped the scoring with an empty-netter at 18;17, for his first WHL goal.
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