Chiefs’ Offense Breaks Through in 6-1 Win Over Victoria

Larry Brunt

Spokane, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs scored four goals in 2:50 late in the second and early in the third periods to pull away from the visiting Victoria Royals on Saturday night at Spokane Arena, winning 6-1. Spokane outshot the Royals 36-13, controlling the game throughout.

Czech defenseman and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Filip Kral got the scoring underway 8:13 into the first period when he found a lane through traffic for his second goal of the season. Kral scored two goals and added five assists in four games against Victoria last season.

The Royals responded at 7:12 of the second when former Chief Sean Gulka tapped in his first of the year off a perfect cross-crease feed from linemate Brandon Cutler.

The Chiefs exploded for three goals in 2:19 late in the middle frame, beginning with rookie Brandon Reller’s second career score at 17:10. Owen MacNeil picked up his first career point with an assist on the play. Last season’s team-leading goal scorer Adam Beckman ripped in his third of the year at 19:03, capitalizing on a nice pass from the end wall from forward Cordel Larson.

First-year winger Reed Jacobson continued the flurry with his first career goal at 19:29, sniping one top-shelf from the left circle to put the Chiefs ahead 4-1 headed into the second intermission.

Larson, who earned first star honors after the game, capped the rapid-fire scoring with a goal just 40 seconds into the third, snapping the puck inside the left post with assists to Beckman and defenseman Noah King. The four goals in 2:50 of game time is just 30 seconds shy of a franchise record — the Chiefs scored four in 2:20 versus Moose Jaw on Dec. 3, 1994.

Defenseman Bobby Russell picked up his second in as many nights to close out the scoresheet, bouncing the puck off a Victoria defender to make it 6-1 with under seven minutes left in regulation. 

The win pushed Spokane’s record to 4-3-1-0. They finished the night 1-for-5 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. Campbell Arnold started in goal for the Chiefs, making 12 saves, while Victoria’s Shane Farkas turned aside 30 Spokane shots.

The Chiefs hit the road for games at Prince George on October 18 and 19 before returning for the first TicketsWest Player Magnet Giveaway at Spokane Arena on Wednesday, October 23 versus the Brandon Wheat Kings. The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a refrigerator magnet featuring a Chiefs player courtesy of TicketsWest.

Tickets for October 23 and all Chiefs home games are available online, over the phone at 509-535-PUCK or in-person at the Chiefs’ Ticket Office at Spokane Arena.

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