Ryan Harrison scored the lone Everett goal in the first period, with Josh Winquist drawing an assist to re-gain sole possession of the team scoring lead with 42 points. Reid Petryk also assisted on the goal, earning his 99th career point in the process. Austin Lotz (13-17-1-1) stopped 25 of 29 shot in net while taking the loss for the Silvertips.
A quick-moving first period featured only three whistles in the first 15 minutes before Carter Proft opened the scoring at 15:20; wrapping around the net and banking a shot in off Lotz and in for a 1-0 Spokane lead. The ‘Tips tied the game 59 seconds later when Reid Petryk won a battle along the boards and Josh Winquist then found Ryan Harrison, who fired a laser into the top corner. Spokane re-gained the lead on a powerplay with less than a second left in the period as Lotz made two saves before Brenden Kichton knocked in the third chance. Shots were 9-8 in favor of the visitors after 20 minutes.
The Chiefs tacked on another goal in the second frame to take a 3-1 lead with one period left to play. Spokane created a series of shots after the ‘Tips couldn’t clear their own zone at the end of a long shift, leading to Todd Fiddler banging in a rebound at 18:11. Everett killed off another penalty to end the period, but trailed by two heading into the third.
The ‘Tips outshot the Chiefs 11-8 in the third, but couldn’t solve Garret Hughson to draw closer on the scoreboard. Spokane sealed their victory when Kichton scored his second of the night on a slap shot from the blue line, making it 4-1 at the 7:28 mark. Shots on goal for the game were 29-26 in favor of the Chiefs. Hughson (8-5-0-0) turned away 25 shots for Spokane. Everett went 2-for-3 on the penalty kill, but didn’t score on three powerplay opportunities of their own.
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The Silvertips continue a three-game homestand with two more games this week, hosting the defending WHL Champion Edmonton Oil Kings Friday night at 7:35. Everett will then look to down the high-flying Portland Winterhawks Saturday night at Comcast Arena before completing a three-in-three weekend on the road against the Vancouver Giants on Sunday afternoon.
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