LANGLEY, B.C. — Luc Smith scored two goals for the second straight-game against Vancouver, but the Giants jumped out to a 4-1 lead early and hung on to end the Spokane Chiefs’ four-game winning streak on Friday night, 5-4. The Giants have beaten Spokane three-straight times this season.
Smith started the scoring with his team-leading 14th power play goal 3:13 into the game to make it 1-0 Spokane. Vancouver equalized with a goal just 15 seconds later to tie the game at one, and then took the lead for good with their first of three-straight power play goals to lead it 2-1 heading into the second.
The Giants then scored back-to-back power play tallies in the final minute and a half of the second to take a 4-1 advantage into the third.
Spokane started their comeback 3:47 into the third when Smith scored his second of the night to cut the margin to 4-2. Eli Zummack then narrowed the deficit to one with his 12th of the year at 11:51 to make it a 4-3 game. Jake McGrew appeared to tie the game with about five minutes left on a rebound netfront, but the goal was waived off when it was determined he kicked the puck in the net.
Vancouver then took a 5-3 lead with a goal at 15:46, but Spokane would get back within one on Riley Woods’ team-leading 27th of the season with 1:10 remaining. The Chiefs got a couple of shots in the final minute with the extra skater on, but failed to get the tying goal, as Spokane had a four-game win streak ended for the second time this season by the Giants.
Special teams were the difference, as Vancouver went 3-for-4 on their power play while the Chiefs’ league-leading power play was just 1-for-7. Spokane’s lead over Tri-City for third place in the U.S. Division was cut to three points as the Chiefs will now head to Kennewick for their next game on Saturday night.