CHIEFS WIN – JOHNSON HITS CENTURY MARK
A four point night by Tyler Johnson, including his 100th of the season, and Anthony Bardaro’s first career hat trick highlighted an 8-0 Spokane in over the Prince George Cougars on Friday night in the Spokane Arena. Bardaro scored in the first, second and third and Johnson became the first Chief since the 1993-94 season to record 100 points in a single season in Spokane’s seventh win in their last nine games.
Chiefs’ fans also helped raise $37,050 in the Comcast Jersey off the Back Auction. Proceeds will go to benefit the Chiefs’ Continuing Education Scholarship Program.
The win, coupled with a Portland loss to Everett, pulled Spokane to within one point of the Winterhawks for first place in the U.S. Division. The Chiefs will host the Tri-City Americans on Saturday night to finish a three game in four night week at home.
Bardaro scored at 1:55 to open the game and Steve Kuhn followed at 7:14. Johnson’s 99th point and 46th goal of the year came at 9:05. Matt Marantz finished the scoring in the first when Matt Marantz tallied his 17th of the season at 19:11.
Johnson’s 100th point came as he assisted a Brenden Kichton power play goal at 8:11 of the second period. Johnson is the 15th Chief all-time to hit the century mark. The first 14 came in the first nine years of the franchise’s existence. Sixteen seasons passed since a Chief accomplished the feat when three Chiefs (Ryan Duthie, Maxim Bets and Valeri Bure) all did it in 1993-94. Johnson is tied with Linden Vey of the Medicine Hat Tigers for the top spot in the league in scoring and his 46 goals lead the WHL. The 20-year-old finished the night with one goal and three assists.
Jared Cowen’s slap shot from the high slot at 12:07 made it 6-0. Bardaro scored the Chiefs’ last two goals, at 17:46 of the second and 11:00 of the third.
Mac Engel stopped all 16 shots he faced in his third shutout of the season. With 1,261 minutes played, Engel’s 2.47 goals against average now qualifies for second best in the WHL. The Chiefs put 47 shots on net and outshot the Cougars 13-2 in the second. Spokane was 3-8 on the power play and 6-6 on the penalty kill.
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