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Chiefs score four in the 3rd to rally past Calgary

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Spokane Chiefs

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane Chiefs came alive in the third period, scoring four goals on their way to a decisive 5-2 win over the visiting Calgary Hitmen on Friday night at Spokane Arena. Forward Ethan McIndoe led the Chiefs with three assists in his first career three-point game.

The Hitmen cracked the scoreboard first as winger Andrei Grishakov powered down the left wing before centering the puck to a waiting Mark Kastelic at the doorstep. Kastelic chipped it in for his second of the season at the 11:45 mark of the first, giving Calgary a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

Spokane responded midway through the second with Czech forward Pavel Kousal’s fourth goal of the season, as he deflected a backhand pass from linemate Jaret Anderson-Dolan on a power play at the 8:27 mark. Carolina Hurricanes prospect Hudson Elynuik extended his point streak to five games with the secondary assist.

The Chiefs broke open the flood gates at the 2:11 mark of the third period, earning their first lead of the night as forward Hayden Ostir scored his first of the season and second career goal. McIndoe earned his first assist with a pass from behind the net before Ostir ultimately cleaned up a rebound opportunity to make it 2-1.

Spokane’s leading scorer Kailer Yamamoto extended his point streak to nine games and goal streak to five with a give-and-go play on a 2-on-1 with McIndoe only one minute after Ostir’s score.

At the 10:24 mark of the third, team captain Tyson Helgesen got in on the action with a slap shot from the left circle that deflected off a Calgary defenseman past starting goaltender Cody Porter to make it 4-1. The power play goal was Helgesen’s second of the season.

Kousal’s fellow countryman Ondrej Najman found the net at the 17:39 mark of the third period to cap Spokane’s scoring and make it 5-1. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound forward crashed the net and deflected a centering feed from McIndoe under Porter for his first career Western Hockey League goal.

A power play goal from Calgary’s team-leading scorer Matteo Gennaro with only five seconds left in regulation wrapped up the scoresheet for the 5-2 win.

Spokane outshot the Hitmen 38-16 on the night. They went 2-for-5 on the power play and 1-for-2 on the penalty kill.

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