For the first time in 6 overtime games this season, the Spokane Chiefs came up on the losing end, as Alexander Delnov's goal at 2:14 of overtime lifted the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 4-3 win over the Chiefs Saturday night in Kent, WA. Spokane is now 0-3-1 against Seattle this season in their 8 game series. The loss also snapped Spokane's 4 game winning streak.
The Chiefs would take a 1-0 lead after one when Mike Aviani scored his 30th goal of the season from Mitch Holmberg and Jason Fram on the power play at 18:56 of the first. It was Aviani's 18th power play goal this year, tops in the Western Hockey League. Seattle would even the game on a Delnov power play goal at 2:57 of the second period, but Connor Chartier would notch his 8th of the season on a tip of a Cole Wedman shot at 5:53 to give Spokane a 2-1 lead. Liam Stewart also got an assist on the goal. Roberts Lipsbergs power play goal at 16:06 of the second would tie the game at two heading into the third.
Chartier would score his second of the night, his first multi-goal game of the year, from Stewart at 6:53 of the third to put Spokane ahead 3-2. Seattle would equalize when Lipsbergs scored his second of the game while Seattle had the extra attacker on and the net empty at 17:46 of the period to tie the game at 3 and send it to overtime. Delnov would net the game winner on a shot from the blue line for his second of the game as Seattle outshot Spokane 33-25 in the game. Seattle went 2-8 on the power play, while Spokane was 1-5.
Spokane, Seattle, and Everett are now all tied for 2nd in the division and 4th in the conference with 55 points, 4 points back of division leading Portland. Spokane will host Seattle Tuesday at the Spokane Arena at 7:05pm. Mike Boyle will have the call on 1510 KGA beginning with the pre-game show at 6:30pm.