Seattle wins in Spokane 4-3, Chiefs get 5th seed in playoffs

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Posted on March 16, 2012 at 11:47 PM

The Seattle Thunderbirds scored with 4:09 remaining in the third period to break a 3-3 tie and defeat the Spokane Chiefs by a 4-3 final on Friday night in the Spokane Arena.  The Chiefs loss coupled with a Vancouver win over Kelowna makes Spokane the fifth seed in the first round of the WHL playoffs.  The Giants will hold home ice advantage in the best-of-seven series.

Friday acted as the final regular season home game for the Chiefs.  They will finish the regular season on Saturday night in Kennewick versus the Tri-City Americans.

Seattle didn’t waste anytime during their first power play as Luke Lockhart squeezed one by Eric Williams, the Chiefs’ starting goaltender, 15-seconds in for a 1-0 lead. 

Midway through the first, Marek Kalus tallied his 20th goal of the season to bring the game to a 1-1 tie. Darren Kramer and Reid Gow both received assists on the goal.   It would remain even for the rest of the period with Seattle leading the shot count 15-12.

Blake Gal would break the tie scoring his 15th goal on the season coming from a rebound shot from Walchuk during the Chiefs' second power play of the game at 6:22 of the second.  Seattle's Seth Swenson made it a 2-2 tie at 10:56. 

Spokane’s Walchuk threw a shot off of the face off and tallied his ninth goal of the season to regain the lead for the Chiefs, 3-2 at 13:08.  Walchuk’s goal came just seven seconds into the Chiefs’ third power play of the night.

Seattle would tie the game again at 3-3 on a Colin Jacobs goal just 31-seconds left in the period.

The Thunderbirds scored the game winner at the 15:11 mark of the third period as Burke Gallimore scored his 100th career goal tipping in a Colin Jacob's shot.

Spokane will travel to Tri-City on Saturday night to close out the regular season.

Playoff dates will be released at a later date.  Tickets for the first two Spokane home games will go on sale on Monday, March 19th at 9:00 a.m.

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