The Spokane Chiefs, and specifically goaltender James Reid, picked up from where they left off from before the Christmas break, as Reid picked up his 2nd straight shutout as the Chiefs blanked Seattle 2-0 Tuesday night in Kent, WA. Spokane had shutout Vancouver 4-0 in the final game before the break. With the win, the Chiefs moved within 8 points of first place Portland in the U.S. Division.
Spokane would only manage 6 shots in the first period, but Tyler Johnson made the last one of the period count with his 24th of the season from the slot in the final minute of the period to give Spokane a 1-0 lead after one. Neither team would score in the second, as Reid turned away 19 Thunderbird shots through two periods.
The Chiefs would pick up an insurance goal midway through the third period when Steve Kuhn would fire one in top shelf for his 9th goal of the season from Tyler Vanscourt and Tanner Mort to make it 2-0 Spokane. Reid would do the rest, turning back all 10 Seattle shots in the third to register his 3rd shutout of the season and 12th of his career, good for 2nd all time in Chiefs history, trailing only Dustin Tokarski’s 15.
Spokane will host Seattle in the second half of the home and home series Wednesday night at 7pm. Mike Boyle will have the call on 790 KJRB beginning with Comcast Hockey Tonight at 6:30pm.