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Verhelst Leaves With Injury, Chiefs Lose in OT 5-4 at Kamloops

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Dominic Zwerger's two goals were not enough to lift the Spokane Chiefs past the Kamloops Blazers Tuesday night. Dominic Zwerger's two goals were not enough to lift the Spokane Chiefs past the Kamloops Blazers Tuesday night.
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By Spokane Chiefs Media Relations

The Spokane Chiefs saw a 4 goal lead in the second period disappear as the Kamloops Blazers scored 5 unanswered goals, including the game winner in overtime, to hand the Chiefs a 5-4 OT loss Tuesday night in Kamloops, B.C. The loss snapped Spokane's season high 3 game win streak and dropped the Chiefs to 7-7-2-1 on the season. 

Spokane took a 1-0 lead in the first when Dominic Zwerger scored his 5th goal of the season at 15:40 of the period. Zwerger's first goal since October 6th was assisted by Kailer Yamamoto and Adam Helewka. Helewka would score his 3rd goal in 5 games just 3:33 into the second period to extend the Chiefs lead to 2-0. Luke Harrison would notch his second of the season with a tip at 4:07 to put Spokane ahead 3-0 and then Zwerger would score his second of the game at 5:39 to give the Chiefs a 4-0 lead.

Spokane would lose starting goaltender Tyson Verhelst shortly after that goal to an apparent head injury after he was hit by the goal retrieving a puck. The Blazers scored two goals late in the second on back-up Matt Berlin, who was in his first game since facing Kamloops on October 17th, as the Chiefs lead was cut to 4-2 after two periods. Kamloops would score on a power play just 23 seconds into the third to make it 4-3, and another power play tally at 3:44 would tie the game at four. 

The game would head to overtime, where Kamloops Collin Shirley would score his team high 8th of the season at 1:42 of the period to cap the Blazer comeback. The loss left Spokane 3-1-1 on their 6 game road trip. The Chiefs did gain a point on first place Seattle, as Spokane is now 2 points back of the Thunderbirds for the top spot in the U.S. Division. Zwerger finished the night with 2 goals, his second 2 goal effort of the season. Helewka had a goal and two assists, while Kailer Yamamoto had a 3 assist night. 

Spokane will finish the road trip Saturday in Tri Cities when they face the Americans at 7:05pm.

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