Anthony Bardaro's goal 3:12 into the extra period gave the Chiefs a 3-2 win over the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday night in Spokane's third straight overtime game. Tyler Johnson had two goals to give himself a team leading 18 goals and 36 points. The 20-year-old has 12 goals and 16 points in his last 10 games.
After a scoreless first period, Johnson batted in a rebound on the power play at 12:24 of the second. Through 40-minutes the Chiefs outshot Medicine Hat 23-9.
It would remain 1-0 until the 1:46 mark of the third when the Tiger's Tyler Petlick evened the score. Medicine Hat took a 2-1 lead just 1:10 later when Kale Kessy beat Spokane's James Reid one-on-one with a wrist shot.
Johnson tucked in his second of the game at 5:27 to tie it at two. Dominik Uher and Levko Koper, who had two assists, helped on the goal.
After a Medicine Hat slashing penalty at 1:14 of overtime, Steve Kuhn won a battle for the puck in the corner and fed it to Bardaro who slid it in for his ninth of the year from the right post. It was the Chiefs second win in overtime this year and their 13th overall for the season.
In two overtime games last weekend, Spokane lost one in the extra five minute session and another in a shootout. The Chiefs have earned a point in 11 of their last 12 games, including seven wins.
Spokane will welcome the Portland Winterhawks on Saturday night during the Teddy Bear Toss presented by The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund.