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Chiefs unleash teddy bears and goals against Thunderbirds in 9-2 win

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SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs bounced back in a big way Saturday night, topping the Seattle Thunderbirds 9-2 in front of a rowdy Teddy Bear Toss crowd at Spokane Arena.

After an early Seattle goal, Spokane promptly responded as Jaret Anderson-Dolan cleaned up the rebound of a Nolan Reid shot to even the score and initiate the stuffed animal avalanche with 14:37 elapsed in the first period. The raucous 10,059 fans at Spokane Arena sent a franchise record 6,829 stuffed animals onto the ice in the annual Teddy Bear Toss presented by The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund.

The Chiefs blew things open in the second period, adding four more unanswered goals in the middle frame. Jake McGrew and Tyson Helgesen scored goals just twenty seconds apart, followed by Luke Gallagher earning his first Western Hockey League point on an assist to Zach Fischer at the 14:01 mark. Milos Fafrak closed out the second period scoring his third of the season, stretching the lead to 5-1.

Anderson-Dolan kept the scoring rolling right into the third, notching a shorthanded goal and his second goal of the night at 14:27. Fischer picking up his second goal of the game four minutes later, pushing Spokane ahead 7-1. Fafrak rounded out a memorable night by checking in with two goals within 14 seconds of each other – a new franchise record – to cap the home team’s scoring on the night.

The Thunderbirds managed a late goal when Reece Harsch struck to bring Seattle’s total to two

Spokane overcame an 0-for-7 performance on the power play thanks in large part to outshooting Seattle 40 to 19. Each of Seattle’s two goals came on the power play, capitalizing on two of their four opportunities.

Donovan Buskey started in goal for Spokane and made 17 saves. Dorrin Luding started for Seattle and turned away 18 of 22 shots in 34:01 before being replaced by Matt Berlin, who made 13 saves on 18 shots faced in the final 25:59.

    • Saturday night, the Spokane Chiefs held their annual Teddy Bear Toss night where they defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 9-2.

    • With the Americans losing in regulation tonight, the Chiefs hold onto second place in the U.S. Division.

    • The result means that the Sounders will, once again, take on Eastern Conference Champion Toronto FC with a chance to repeat on the line when the clubs meet for MLS Cup 2017 on Saturday, Dec. 9.

    • Cruz led the American League with 119 RBIs while putting up a .288/.375/.549 slash line with 39 home runs in 155 games. He was fourth in the AL in home runs and fifth in slugging percentage and OPS.

    • The win pushed Spokane into second place in the U.S. Division, one point ahead of the Tri-City Americans. Spokane has now scored 32 goals in their last seven games.

    • Spokane Chiefs rookie forward Milos Fafrak picked up his first career WHL goal and Zach Fischer tallied a goal and an assist for the second-straight night on Wednesday

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  • Saturday night, the Spokane Chiefs held their annual Teddy Bear Toss night where they defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 9-2.

    Saturday night, the Spokane Chiefs held their annual Teddy Bear Toss night where they defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 9-2.

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    With the Americans losing in regulation tonight, the Chiefs hold onto second place in the U.S. Division.

    With the Americans losing in regulation tonight, the Chiefs hold onto second place in the U.S. Division.

  • Photo: Spokane Chiefs

    The win pushed Spokane into second place in the U.S. Division, one point ahead of the Tri-City Americans. Spokane has now scored 32 goals in their last seven games.

    The win pushed Spokane into second place in the U.S. Division, one point ahead of the Tri-City Americans. Spokane has now scored 32 goals in their last seven games.

  • Rookie Milos Fafrak scored his first career WHL goal

    Spokane Chiefs rookie forward Milos Fafrak picked up his first career WHL goal and Zach Fischer tallied a goal and an assist for the second-straight night on Wednesday

    Spokane Chiefs rookie forward Milos Fafrak picked up his first career WHL goal and Zach Fischer tallied a goal and an assist for the second-straight night on Wednesday

  • The Victoria Royals spoiled Kailer Yamamoto’s homecoming Friday night as they took down the Spokane Chiefs, 1-0.

    The Victoria Royals spoiled Kailer Yamamoto’s homecoming Friday night as they took down the Spokane Chiefs, 1-0.

  • Photo: Larry Brunt/Spokane Chiefs

    The Edmonton Oilers have assigned forward Kailer Yamamoto to the Spokane Chiefs, as announced by the Oilers on Monday morning. He will be available for the Chiefs’ next game, at Lethbridge on November 10.

    The Edmonton Oilers have assigned forward Kailer Yamamoto to the Spokane Chiefs, as announced by the Oilers on Monday morning. He will be available for the Chiefs’ next game, at Lethbridge on November 10.

  • Photo: Spokane Chiefs

    The Spokane Chiefs started their 4 game road trip through the Central Division with their first shut out of the season as they blanked the Edmonton Oil Kings 6-0 Sunday in Edmonton, Alberta.

    The Spokane Chiefs started their 4 game road trip through the Central Division with their first shut out of the season as they blanked the Edmonton Oil Kings 6-0 Sunday in Edmonton, Alberta.

  • Chiefs scored both goals in the 1st period.

    The Spokane Chiefs bounced back from an early 1-0 deficit to shut down the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors and win 2-1.

    The Spokane Chiefs bounced back from an early 1-0 deficit to shut down the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors and win 2-1.

  • Photo: Larry Brunt/Spokane Chiefs

    Anderson-Dolan, a 1999-born forward from Calgary, Alberta, was selected in the second round (41st overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings after scoring 39 goals and 37 assists for the Chiefs last season.

    Anderson-Dolan, a 1999-born forward from Calgary, Alberta, was selected in the second round (41st overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings after scoring 39 goals and 37 assists for the Chiefs last season.

  • The Spokane Chiefs built a 2-0 lead into the second intermission but the visiting Tri-City Americans came back with five third period goals to hand the Chiefs a 5-2 loss at Spokane Arena on Saturday night.

    The Spokane Chiefs built a 2-0 lead into the second intermission but the visiting Tri-City Americans came back with five third period goals to hand the Chiefs a 5-2 loss at Spokane Arena on Saturday night.

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