SPOKANE, Wash. – NHL Draft eligible (2017) forward Kailer Yamamoto delivered the Spokane Chiefs out of a 2-1 deficit in the third period with back to back goals, forcing the Everett Silvertips to settle for a 3-2 overtime defeat before 6,012 fans at Spokane Arena in WHL action on Saturday.
The Silvertips, ending a stretch of a pair of road games in back-to-back nights, had their season high six-game winning streak snapped but the OT point pushed their recent eight game stretch to 6-0-2, holding first place in the U.S. Division with 31 points. Spencer Gerth and Noah Juulsen manufactured the Silvertips goals, while Carter Hart registered 30 saves.
Gerth’s screen perfectly deflected Riley Sutter’s wrister from the right circle for a 1-0 lead at 18:27 of the first period, but Markson Bechtold finished Yamamoto’s centering pass for a 1-1 tie just 1:10 later.
In the second period, the Silvertips weathered a five-minute surge by Spokane and followed at 9:54 with Juulsen’s blast at the top of the right circle, a one-timer set up by Patrick Bajkov’s flip from behind the net for a 2-1 lead.
The Silvertips, previous unblemished with a 11-0-0 record when leading after two periods, had their lead erased on Yamamoto’s blast from inside the blueline that snuck through traffic at 3:54 for a 2-2 tie. But the Silvertips remained unflustered and had bids to win the game on three outstanding looks with less than three minutes remaining, including a half-open net chance for Devon Skoleski who failed to gather in a sizzling rebound.
Matt Fonteyne was issued an interference penalty in overtime which set the stage for the game winner. The Silvertips penalty kill kept the game alive in the first minute of four-on-three hockey with several key shot blocks, but Ty Smith laid a pass into Yamamoto’s wheelhouse, who belted a one-timer for the winner from the left circle at the 2:04 mark.
Hart’s counterpart, Dawson Weatherill, took the win on 16 saves. The win was Spokane’s first in overtime in six attempts.
SILVERTIPS LINE COMBOS
96 / ZWERGER 17 / FONTEYNE 8 / BAJKOV
15/ RICHARDS 28 / SKOLESKI 82/ TUULOLA
11 / CENTAZZO 43/ DEWAR 33 / KING
18/ HEIN 14 / SUTTER 44 / GERTH
6 / DWYER 3 / JUULSEN
23 / CHRISTIANSEN 38 / DAVIS
29 / WYLIE 5 / ONYEBUCHI
NOTES: Silvertips scratches included Ian Walker, Bryce Kindopp, Graham Millar, Lucas Skrumeda, and Brett Kemp … the Silvertips are unbeaten in regulation in six of the last seven meetings at Spokane Arena … Juulsen’s goal was his 14th point in the last 13 games … Bajkov continued a stretch of collecting a point in five straight games.
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