Chiefs Take Game One of Second Round Series

Ty Smith and the Spokane Chiefs traveled to the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Washington to take on the Everett Silvertips in game one of the the team’s second round series against each other tonight. Spokane took the early 1-0 series lead with a 6-3 win in this game.

Ethan McIndoe started the scoring just 2:01 into the game. That gave the Chiefs the early 1-0 lead and started a big night for McIndoe. He would go on to register three points in the game (two goals and an assist) and be named the game’s first star.

The first and second periods were back-and-forth between the two teams and Everett would tie things up before the first period was out. At 12:47, Ty Smith took an interference penalty and the Silvertips were on the power play. Zack Andrusiak would convert on this opportunity to tie the game at one in less than ten seconds into the man advantage at 12:54.

Just a minute into the second frame, Eli Zummack gave the Chiefs back the lead at 2-1 when he scored from Noah King. Spokane would nurse this lead until the waning seconds of the second when Everett leveled things out once again. Jackson Berezowski scored at 19:34 to make it 2-2.

And that is how we headed into the final period. But that final period would belong to the Chiefs. Luke Toporowski scored just 39 seconds in to give Spokane back the lead at 3-2. Riley Woods would score at 10:20 in what turned out to be the game winner off assists from Zummack and Smith. Woods would be named the game’s third star. That goal made it 4-2 Chiefs.

Berezowski, on his way to being named the game’s second star, scored at 13:08 to cut the Chiefs’ lead to 4-3. But that was all she wrote for the Silvertips.

McIndoe scored again at 16:26 of the third to make it 5-3 and Luc Smith added an empty netter at 18:06 to make it 6-3. And that was your final from Everett.

Ty Smith’s stat line read: the assist for a point, a plus-3 plus/minus rating, two shots on goal and the two penalty minutes for the Chiefs’ captain.

Special teams saw Everett go 1-for-3 and Spokane convert on their only power play opportunity. Goaltender Bailey Brkin made 29 saves on 32 shots for the Chiefs while Dustin Wolf stopped 17 of 22 for the Silvertips.

Game two commences from Everett later tonight (April 7) at 7:05 PM ET. We will have some coverage right here for you.

Spokane Hangs on to Defeat Everett 3-1

Game two of the Western Hockey League’s second round series between the Spokane Chiefs and the Everett Silvertips is in the books with Spokane taking a 2-0 series lead off of a 3-1 win in Everett.

The Silvertips got the scoring started at 16:01 of the first when Wyatte Wylie scored. But the Chiefs would knot things at one apiece before the first intermission when Jake McGrew scored exactly two minutes later at 18:01.

With things back at square one for the second period, it was a power play goal that would put Spokane ahead for good. Everett’s Reece Vitelli was called for hooking at 15:53 and the Chiefs’ power play unit, including Ty Smith, went right to work. Eli Zummack scored at 16:56 to give the Chiefs the lead for good. Smith had an assist on what would turn out to be the game winner.

With Spokane up 2-1, Silvertips goaltender Dustin Wolf was pulled with roughly a minute to go in the third period. Luc Smith would add an empty net goal to give us our 3-1 final. The goal came unassisted at 19:28.

Zummack was named the game’s first star while Wylie of the Silvertips was second star and Chiefs goalie Bailey Brkin was named the third star on the night.

Ty Smith’s stat line had him record the assist for a point, a plus-1 plus/minus, a shot on goal and two penalty minutes (a hooking minor early in the third period). He also was called upon to take a faceoff, which the d-man lost.

Of note in the game was that it ended with a fight between Spokane’s Kaden Hanas and Everett’s Gianni Fairbrother, their fighting majors being recorded at the 20 minute mark of the third (along with a charging minor for Sahvan Khaira of Everett). This should set up a big game three with the bad blood flowing between the teams.

On the power play, the Chiefs were 1-for-2 while the Silvertips were 0-for-3. In nets, Brkin stopped 30 of 31 shots against while Wolf stopped 14 of 16 shots. Everett had a game total of 31 shots while Spokane fired 17 at the Silvertips’ net.

Next, the scene shifts to Spokane and the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena for game three on Wednesday. That game is at 10:05 PM ET and we will have some coverage for you right here. In the meantime, on Tuesday is the NHL Draft Lottery. The Devils will find out then where they will be picking in the upcoming NHL Draft from Vancouver in June. We will also have coverage of that for you here.