Ian Henry

Spokane Chiefs center Dominik Uher had four goals Tuesday night to help lead the Chiefs to a 5-3 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds at the ShoWare Center.

Spokane (28-14-4-3) took a 1-0 lead at 9:28 of the first on a power-play goal from Uher. Mitch Holmberg and Brenden Kichton were credited with the assists

Seattle (18-29-1-1) tied it 1-1 at 13:06 of the second on a power play. Jared Hauf passed the puck from the blue line on the left side to Brad Deagle cutting into the slot. Deagle took a hard wrist shot toward goal but Spokane goalie Erik Williams’ kicked the puck out to Connor Honey in the left circle. Connor Honey one-timed the rebound and beat Williams over the blocker for his second goal of the season.

Spokane led Seattle 13-8 in shots on goal after the first period of play.

Uher scored his second goal of the night for Spokane at 2:43 of the second to give the Chiefs a 2-1 lead. Cole Wedman had the only assist on the goal.

Seth Swenson scored the second goal for the T-Birds at 13:23 of the second. Luke Lockhart passed the puck to Burke Gallimore at the blue line. Gallimore took a shot towards the goal but it was stopped by a Spokane defender. Swenson caught the rebound and slapped it past William’s low on the blocker side to tie the game 2-2.

The Chiefs led the T-Birds 29-13 in shots after two periods.

Kichton scored Spokane’s third goal at 12:07 of the third. Corbin Baldwin and Dylan Walchuk had the assists.

Seattle tied it 3-3 at 15:14 with a goal from Dillon Wagner. Dave Sutter sent the puck from the right boards around the Spokane net. Honey met the puck behind the goal and backhanded it into the crease to a wide open Wagner. Wagner snapped the puck past Williams glove for his first goal at a goal as a T-Bird.

Uher scored his third goal and the Chiefs fourth goal of the game at 18:48 of the third to put the Chiefs in front 4-3. Walchuk had the only assist.

Seattle pulled goalie Calvin Pickard for an extra attacker with just over a minute to go in the game. The T-Birds had several solid scoring chances but could not get the tying goal.

Uher sealed the win with an empty net goal at 19:51. Baldwin was credited with the assist.

The Chiefs led the T-Birds 39-22 in shots.

Pickard made 35 saves on 39 shots and is credited with the loss bringing his record to 18-24-1-1.

Williams made 19 saves on 22 shots for Spokane increasing his record to 12-17-3-2.

The T-Birds next game is Friday against the Tri-City Americans at the Toyota Center at 7:05pm. The T-Birds next home game is Saturday against the Kamloops Blazers at 7:05pm at ShoWare Center.

T-Birds single game tickets for the 2011-12 season are available online at the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday game days at 10 a.m. and Sunday game days at noon.

T-Birds season tickets are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.


First period – 1, Spokane, Uher 17 (Holmberg, Kichton), 9:28 (pp). 2, Seattle, Honey 2 (Deagle, Hauf), 13:06 (pp). Penalties – Gallimore, Sea (kneeing), 9:07. Vandane, Spo (kneeing), 11:13. Bench, Sea (too many men-served by Sanvido), 17:34.

Second period – 3, Spokane, Uher 18 (Wedman), 2:43. 4, Seattle, Swenson 5 (Gallimore, Lockhart), 13:23. Penalties – Vandane, Spo (slashing) 3:12. Jacobs, Sea (roughing), 10:23. Elliot, Sea (roughing), 10:23. Kramer, Spo (roughing), 10:23. Baldwin, Spo (roughing), 10:23. Gallimore, Sea (checking to the head), 11:11. Baldwin, Spo (checking from behind, major-fighting), 15:01. Doty, Sea (major-fighting), 15:01. Sutter, Sea (holding), 19:00.

Third period – 5, Spokane, Kichton 11 (Walchuk, Baldwin), 12:07. 6, Seattle, Wagner 4 (Honey, Sutter), 15:14. 7, Spokane, Uher 19 (Walchuk), 18:48. 8, Spokane, Uher 20 (Baldwin) 19:51. Penalties – Vandane, Spo (delay of game), 2:17. Machacek, Sea (roughing), 10:31. Baldwin, Spo (roughing), 10:31. Honey, Sea (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:43.Kuhn, Spo (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:43. Machacek, Sea (major-fighting), 20:00. Valcourt, Spo (major-fighting), 20:00.

Shots on goal – Seattle 8-5-9 22. Spokane 13-16-10 39 Goalies – Seattle, Pickard 39 shots-35 saves (18-23-1-1); Spokane, Williams 22-19 (11-17-3-2). Power plays – Seattle 1-4; Spokane 1-4. A – 4,267. Referee – Pat Smith. Linesmen – Kevin Boris, Zach Brooks.