Chiefs rally, beat Winterhawks
Eli Zummack scored a power-play goal in the final minute to force overtime and the winner in the extra session as the Spokane Chiefs rallied for a 4-3 Western Hockey League win over the Portland Winterhawks on Wednesday, April 14, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Zummack, a 20-year-old in his fifth WHL season, skated into the crease and slipped a backhander under the pads of Portland goalie Dante Giannuzzi for the winner 3:27 into the three-on-three OT.
Simon Knak, Kyle Chyzowski and Tyson Kozak scored for Portland, which outshot Spokane 51-27, but lost.
Rookie Chiefs' goalie Mason Beaupit made 48 saves as the visitors followed up a Tuesday win over first-place Everett with a victory in Portland.
Zummack's tying goal came on a blast from the right-wing circle that found its way through traffic while Spokane was skating six-on-four. Portland's Robbie Fromm-Delorme was called for a hooking penalty with 1:05 left in the game, giving the Chiefs the power play and the chance to pull goalie for a two-skater advantage.
"For a large majority of the game, I thought we did the things we wanted to do and did the things that will make us successful in games," Winterhawks VP/GM/coach Mike Johnston said.
He pointed to the penalty at a bad time and the skill of Zummack and Adam Beckman of the Chiefs as the difference in the game.
Knak scored his eighth of the season just 51 seconds into the game on a shot from the top of the left-wing circle. A pair of 16-year-olds combined to make it 2-0 Portland late in the first period. A nifty move by Luca Cagnoni set up Chyzowski's third of the season.
Spokane's Blake Swetlikoff scored the only goal of the second period, despite a 19-9 shots advantage for Portland.
Beckman tied it five minutes into the third period, but Portland regained the lead on Kozak's first goal of the season as he took a pass from Seth Jarvis and finished a two-on-one opportunity.
All five U.S. Division teams are halfway through this 24-game season. Portland is 5-4-3-0 (13 points). The Everett Silvertips lead the division with 18 points, Seattle has 14, Spokane 11 and Tri-City 10.
Portland plays host to Seattle at 5 p.m. Saturday (KRCW TV) and visits Everett at 4:05 p.m. Sunday, April 18.
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