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Chiefs Edged 2-1 in Overtime at Seattle

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Tyson Verhelst turned aside 34 shots, but the Chiefs fell on the road in overtime. Tyson Verhelst turned aside 34 shots, but the Chiefs fell on the road in overtime.

by Chiefs Media Relations

Tyson Verhelst turned aside 34 shots, but Ethan Bear's second goal of the game 14 seconds into overtime lifted the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 2-1 win over the Spokane Chiefs Friday night in Kent, WA. Spokane gained a point in the standings, but fell to 4th place in the U.S. Division and 8th place in the Western Conference with the OT loss. 

Spokane out shot Seattle 9-3 in the first period, but neither team managed to score in the opening twenty minutes. The Chiefs would take the lead when Markson Bechtold scored on a penalty shot midway through the second period. Bechtold's 14th goal of the year came while Spokane was shorthanded as the Chiefs took a 1-0 lead into the third. After a power play goal for Seattle was waived off due to a puck being kicked in the net, Bear would score his first of the game midway through the third period to tie the game at one. 

Bear then scored on the first shot of overtime as his blast inside the blue line beat Verhelst to give Seattle their third straight win on home ice over Spokane this season. Verhelst turned aside 19 of 20 shots in the third and finished with 34 saves on the night as the Chiefs fell in overtime or shootout for the third time in their last 5 games. Spokane now has a 3 point lead over Tri City for the final playoff spot in the West, and will host the Americans Saturday night at 7:05pm. 

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