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Chiefs Win First game of the Preseason 5-2 Over Portland

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Austrian forward Dominic Zwerger scored twice and added an assist to lead the Chiefs to a 5-2 win over the Portland Winterhawks. Austrian forward Dominic Zwerger scored twice and added an assist to lead the Chiefs to a 5-2 win over the Portland Winterhawks.

SPOKANE, Wash. - Austrian forward Dominic Zwerger scored twice and added an assist to lead the Chiefs to a 5-2 win over the Portland Winterhawks in preseason action Thursday afternoon in Kennewick. The Chiefs scored five goals in the third period on the way to their first win of the preseason. 

Zwerger put the Chiefs ahead 1-0 early with a power play goal at the 3:03 mark of the first period. The 19-year-old from Dornbirn, Austria deflected a Keanu Yamamoto shot to beat goaltender Ethan Middendorf, with defenseman Matt Sozanski earning the secondary assist.

Rookie winger Taylor Ross found a lane through traffic at the 7:10 mark, firing a shot off the far post to extend the Chiefs’ lead to 2-0. Curtis Miske earned an assist on the play after winning the offensive zone faceoff to create the scoring opportunity.

Portland cut the lead in half late in the first period as Skyler McKenzie hit the post but the puck bounced off goalie Garret Hughson’s back and in. Alex Overhardt earned an assist on the play at the 18:43 mark.

Winterhawks forward Austin Gray tied the game with a power play goal off a cross-ice feed from Cody Glass at the 17:16 mark of the second period. The game went into the second intermission tied, 2-2.

Zwerger earned his second point of the night with an assist on a goal scored by 16-year-old forward Jaret Anderson-Dolan. The goal, Anderson-Dolan’s first of the preseason, gave the Chiefs a 3-2 lead just 2:31 into the third period.

Spokane pushed its lead to two goals once again as rookie forward Hayden Ostir drove to the net and beat Middendorf with a forehand chip at the 6:32 mark of the period. The unassisted goal was Ostir’s second of the preseason.

Zwerger tacked on his second goal of the game, again on the power play, with a rebound score off a Kailer Yamamoto shot at the 10:22 mark of the final frame. Defenseman Ty Smith earned a secondary assist on the play.

Danish forward Nik Andersen scored his first goal as a Chief at the 15:11 mark of the third period, taking advantage of a 2-on-1 opportunity with Keanu Yamamoto to extend Spokane’s lead to 6-2.

Miske punched in his second of the night with just over a minute left in regulation to cap the scoring at 7-2. Keanu Yamamoto and Andersen earned assists on the play.

Spokane outshot Portland 51-28 on the night. Garret Hughson started in goal for the Chiefs and stopped 26 of 28 shots faced. Rookie Ethan Middendorf started for the Winterhawks and turned aside 44 of 51 shots.

The Chiefs continue their preseason schedule in Kennewick on Saturday to take on the Red Deer Rebels at 3 p.m.

The Chiefs will open their regular season against the Tri-City Americans on September 26 with Bud Light Opening Night at Spokane Arena. Individual tickets are on sale now through TicketsWest at (800) 325-SEAT and online at www.ticketswest.com. Tickets packages, including the brand new Saturday Game of the Month package, and group opportunities are available through the Chiefs’ Ticket Office at (509) 535-PUCK and online at www.spokanechiefs.com.
 

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