Team White dominates in annual Red-White Game

Team White dominates in annual Red-White Game

SPOKANE, Wash. – Team White used a five-goal second period to bully their way to an 8-1 win over Team Red in the Spokane Chiefs’ annual Red-White Game on Sunday afternoon at Spokane Arena. The intrasquad scrimmage marked the culmination of the organizations 2015 Annual Fall Camp, as returning players and young prospects competed all week to make an impression on scouts and management.

Defenseman Matt Sozanski opened the scoring just 1:03 into regulation, using an assist from Kailer Yamamoto to put Team White up 1-0.

Forward Jake McGrew, a 16-year-old from Orange, Calif., took a feed 2015 WHL Bantam Draft first overall pick Ty Smith and beat goaltender Tyson Verhelst to extend Team White’s lead to 2-0 late in the first period.

Keanu Yamamoto cut Team White’s lead to one with a power play goal just before the horn in the first period. With just two seconds remaining, Yamamoto punched in a rebound off a Dominic Zwerger shot, beating goalie Garret Hughson. White took their 2-1 lead into the locker room for the first intermission.

Team White came out firing on all cylinders for the second period, scoring just at the 2:28 mark as San Jose Sharks 2015 NHL Draft pick Adam Helewka chipped in a rebound created off a Jaret Anderson-Dolan shot.

Overage forward Riley Whittingham pushed the Team White lead to 4-1 with a nifty move down the right wing capped with a shot over goaltender Donovan Buskey’s left shoulder. Hudson Elynuik earned the assist on the play.

Prospect Carter Barley, a 1999-born forward, made his mark on the stat sheet midway through the second frame, tapping in a goal after a fantastic backdoor pass from McGrew. Fellow prospects Cedric Chenier and Michael Outzen paired up for a tally at the 15:26 mark of the period to make the score 6-1 in favor of Team White.

Kailer Yamamoto took full advantage of a breakaway opportunity late to cap the scoring on the second period. Young forward Noah Westgate earned the assist on the play at the 16:39 mark.

Yamamoto struck again, lighting the lamp just over one minute into the third and final period to cap the scoring at 8-1. Helewka and Anderson-Dolan, Spokane’s first round pick in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft, were each credited with assists.

Overage goaltender Garret Hughson started for Team Red and stopped eight of 10 shots faced in 20 minutes of ice time. Donovan Buskey stood in goal for Team Red during the second period and stopped 12 of 17 shots faced. Matthew Armitage came in for the final 20 minutes and made nine saves on 10 shots.

Tyson Verhelst started for Team White and blocked 12 of 13 shots in 30:06 of ice time. Matthew Berlin rotated in midway through the second period and was a perfect 9 for 9 in save chances in the final 29:54.

Team White outshot Team Red, 37-22.

Immediately following the game, brothers Keanu and Kailer Yamamoto were honored with the Don Kiehl Memorial Awards as the “Players of the Game” for Team Red and Team White, respectfully. The annual award was created last season to recognize long-time off-ice official and friend of the organization, Don Kiehl.