Matthew Wedman had a hat trick and scored the shootout winning goal Friday afternoon to give the Seattle Thunderbirds a 7-6 win over the Spokane Chiefs at the Red Lion Hotels’ Preseason Tournament at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.
Preseason play continues for the T-Birds at the Red Lion Hotels’ Preseason Tournament Saturday with a matchup against the Kootenay Ice at 11am.
Zack Andrusiak and Wedman scored in the shootout. T-Birds goalie Matt Berlin stopped Taylor Ross and Carter Chorney.
Seattle took a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by Andrusiak at 3:34 of the first period. Dillon Hamaliuk and Reece Harsch had the assists.
The Chiefs went in front 2-1 on two goals from Ross. Ross scored at 12:47 and then shorthanded at 16:41.
Wedman tied the game 2-2 with a power-play goal at 17:40 of the first off assists from Jake Lee and Aaron Hyman.
Spokane outshot Seattle 14-6 in the first period.
Cedric Chenier scored unassisted at 11:22 of the second period to put the Chiefs in front 3-2.
Just over three minutes later Blake Bargar tied the game 3-3 off an assist from Donovan Neuls. Samuel Huo had the second assist.
The T-Birds took a 4-3 lead with 17 seconds left in the second period on a goal from Wedman, his second of the game. Berlin had the only assist on the goal.
The Chiefs outshot Seattle 12-11 in the second period and led 26-17 in shots after two periods.
The game was tied for a fourth time when Ross scored his third goal of the game 39 seconds into the third period.
The T-Birds took a 5-4 lead at 2:27 on a goal from Graeme Bryks off an assist from Luke Orsmby.
Wedman netted the hat trick at 5:14 of the third off assists from Andrusiak and Lee to give the T-Birds a 6-4 lead.
The Chiefs tied the game 6-6 with goals from Rykr Cole at 7:42 and Milos Farfak at 18:08 of the third period.
Both teams had eight shots on goal in the third period and the Chiefs had a 34-27 advantage in shots going into overtime.
Berlin had 32 saves on 38 shots while Spokane goalie Donovan Buskey had 24 saves on 30 shots.