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Comeback Bid Falls Short As Spokane Drops Sixth In A Row

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Chiefs scored three goals in the third period in a comeback bid that fell just short on Saturday night at Spokane Arena as they lost to the visiting Prince George Cougars, 4-3. NHL Draft prospects Jaret Anderson-Dolan and Kailer Yamamoto led the offense for Spokane with two and three points, respectively.

Prince George opened the game with a flurry, scoring three goals in the first period to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Josh Curtis scored his ninth of the season on a rebound at the 13:05 mark. Jared Bethune made it 2-0 just 70 seconds later, taking a puck straight to the net off a won faceoff by Jesse Gabrielle. Russian winger Nikita Popugaev punched in his 29th of the season with a wrist shot from the left circle on a power play at 17:42.

After a scoreless second, Spokane got on the board early in the third as Anderson-Dolan streaked down the left side before snapping a shot to the far post for his 36th goal, with assists going to Yamamoto and goaltender Jayden Sittler.

Prince George regained the three-goal lead midway through the third as defenseman Josh Anderson found the net on the power play with a shot from the left circle through a screen up front.
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Yamamoto chipped in his 39th goal of the season at the 13:39 mark, pouncing on a rebound from older brother Keanu Yamamoto's shot from inside the left circle. The power play assist gave Keanu 24 on the year. Anderson-Dolan earned a secondary assist on the play.

With the Chiefs' net empty, Carolina Hurricanes prospect Hudson Elynuik capitalized on a perfect feed from Pavel Kousal to score his 27th goal of the season and make it a one goal game with 1:13 left in regulation, but the comeback fell short as time expired before Spokane could tie it up.

The loss was Spokane's season-long sixth in a row. They have four games - two at home - remaining in the regular season.

The Chiefs finished 2-for-6 on the power play and 1-for-2 on the penalty kill while being outshot 30-40.

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