Anderson-Dolan scores twice as Chiefs top Ams 6-1 - SWX Right Now-Sports for Spokane, CdA, Tri-Cities, WA

Anderson-Dolan scores twice as Chiefs top Ams 6-1

Jarret Anderson-Dolan scores twice as the Chiefs dominate the Ams 6-1 (Photo: Chiefs) Jarret Anderson-Dolan scores twice as the Chiefs dominate the Ams 6-1 (Photo: Chiefs)

By Spokane Chiefs PR

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Chiefs scored three goals in the first period on their way to a 6-1 rout of the rival Tri-City Americans in front of 9,352 fans at Spokane Arena on Friday night. Rookie forward Jaret Anderson-Dolan led the way with four points.

Spokane got on the scoreboard at the 4:28 mark of the opening period as Danish forward Nik Andersen flipped a nifty backhand over starting Tri-City goaltender Nicholas Sanders’ shoulder.

Rookies Taylor Ross and Anderson-Dolan paired up for the Chiefs’ second goal as Ross tossed a puck to the net from the left corner. The puck, intended for Anderson-Dolan on an extended give-and-go play, instead deflected off a Tri-City defender’s skate and past Sanders to make it 2-0.

Markson Bechtold scored his 15th of the season at the 9:12 mark to make it a 3-0 game as the 19-year-old forward took advantage of a delayed penalty call to penetrate the Tri-City zone and bounce a shot off Americans’ defenseman Juuso Valimaki’s skate.

Tri-City’s Parker Bowles took things into his own hands to fight back for the Americans and make it 3-1 midway through the second period. The veteran center fended off three Chiefs while shorthanded to control the puck and beat Chiefs’ goalie Tyson Verhelst to the top-right corner.

The Chiefs did not let the Americans back into the game as they regained a three-goal lead with Keanu Yamamoto’s 21st goal of the season on rebound opportunity at 14:28 of the second. Anderson-Dolan and defenseman Tyson Helgesen each earned assists on the play – they each finished with three for the game.

Anderson-Dolan found the net for his 14th goal of the season on a power play at the 17:21 mark of the middle frame as Presten Kopeck found him in front of the net from the left wing for an easy tap-in.

Austrian forward Dominic Zwerger punched in his team-leading 26th goal of the season on a rebound created by his own shot with 1:26 left in the second to complete the scoring for the night. Anderson-Dolan and Curtis Miske picked up assists.

Verhelst earned second star honors with 30 saves on 31 shots faced. Sanders played 9:12 and stopped 2-of-5 shots faced for Tri-City while Evan Sarthou came on in relief and made 25 saves on 28 shots in 50:48.

Spokane finished 1-for-4 on the PP and 6-for-6 on the penalty kill. They are now six points ahead of Tri-City for the final playoff berth in the WHL’s Western Conference and carry one game in hand. They are one point behind Portland for third place in the division.

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