Chiefs, Smith Inch Closer to Sweep With Win

Ty Smith and the Spokane Chiefs defeated the Everett Silvertips 3-1 in game three to come within a game of sweeping their opponents in the second round of the 2019 WHL Playoffs.

Spokane’s Ethan McIndoe scored on the power play just 7:42 in to the game before the Silvertips’ Robbie Holmes tied it just under two minutes later. But that was all the Silvertips would muster.

Adam Beckman broke the tie at the 2:21 mark of the third and Jaret Anderson-Dolan scored into an empty net with less than 30 seconds remaining to ice the 3-1 win.

Smith finished with a plus-1 rating, a shot on goal and two penalty minutes (an interference call at 3:58 of the second period that was killed off). Everett went 0-for-2 on the power play while Spokane was 1-for-3.

Chiefs’ goalie Bailey Brkin, who stopped 29 of the 30 shots he saw, was named the game’s first star. Dustin Wolf of Everett made 17 saves on 19 shots while the Chiefs finished the game with 20 shots on goal with the empty net goal. Adam Beckman was the second star and Noah King was the third star, all three from Spokane.

Game four, with the possibilty of a Spokane sweep takes place on Friday at 10:05 PM ET from Spokane.

Two other Devils’ prospects that are still active in the CHL playoffs that I have been neglecting to cover have been Jocktan Chainey of the Halifax Mooseheads and Mitchell Hoelscher and the Ottawa 67’s.

Chainey and the Mooseheads (who are actually hosting the Memorial Cup this May) got by the Quebec Remparts in a seven game series in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs. They lost the first two games at their home rink of Scotiabank Centre, including game two in overtime. They then bounced back and won games three and four at Centre Videotron in Quebec City before losing game five in the same location. However, they stormed back to win games six and seven on home ice as Quebec just could not kill them off.

They advanced to round two to take on the Moncton Wildcats, who they dispatched in four straight. They took games one and two (5-3 and 3-2) in Halifax before finishing things off at the Avenir Centre in Moncton, beating the Wildcats 4-2 in both games three and four. They move on to the next round and we will try to get some more coverage of that series for you here.

Moving over to the OHL, Hoelscher and the 67’s took care of the Hamilton Bulldogs in the first round in a four game sweep. They won game one by a rout, 9-3 on home ice at TD Place. Game two was won 5-2, game three 2-1 at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton and game four 7-2.

They are currently facing the Sudbury Wolves, up three games to none. They won game one at home 8-5. Game two (also at home) 5-0. They then moved to the Sudbury Community Arena where they won 8-5 again to go up three-zip in the series.

Game four is tomorrow night from Sudbury and, again, we will try to get coverage of the series up here on the site.

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