The Thunderbirds went 0 for 7 on the power play tonight in Spokane, as the Chiefs beat Seattle by a final score of 4-2. The normally dominant PP seemed out of sorts, a lack of net front presence and poor shot selection made saves easy for Chiefs goal tender, Tyson Vehelst, who ended the night with 37 saves.
The Thunderbirds (17-9-2-0) came out of the gates flying, controlling the tempo of play and suffocating the Chiefs (16-10-2-1) with a good forecheck. Seattle outshot Spokane 8-0 until the halfway point of the first frame. Spokane would open the scoring on a wrist shot from Adam Helweka, on only their third shot of the period. Jamal Watson would draw the Thunderbirds even on a deflected slap shot from the top of the circles just three minutes later. Unfortunately, it was all Spokane from that point.
The Chiefs started the second stanza with the same intensity Seattle did in the first, getting pucks in deep, and playing very physical on the Seattle defensive core. Jacob Cardiff would break the tie at the 12:00 minute mark of the second, and Taylor Ross would add another less than three minutes later. Kailer Yamamoto would add one more for the Chiefs near the end of the second.
It seemed as if the Thunderbirds were showing signs of life during the third period, using their speed and size to create some decent scoring chances and draw a couple of penalties. But it was all for not. Jamal Watson would add another goal late in the game on a short handed breakaway goal set up by second line center, Scott Eansor, but a late penalty on the Tbirds would seal their fate.
SSU Player of the Game.
T-Birds Right Winger Jamal Watson, earns the award with two goals today. The valiant effort shows promise in the scrappy squad.
Next Side Up
Seattle plays host to Spokane Fri Dec 11, 7:35, at Showare center, in Kent, WA
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