The Kamloops Blazers scored two first period goals and made them stand up as they held off the Spokane Chiefs, 2-1 Tuesday night in Kamloops, B.C. The loss marked the second straight on the the Chiefs’ three game road trip as Spokane fell into fifth place in the U.S. Division.
Kamloops scored on a Quinn Benjafield rebound just 2:49 into the game to give the Blazers a 1-0 lead. Spokane would control the first period offensively, outshooting Kamloops 19-10, but the Blazers would build their lead to 2-0 on a Luc Smith one-timer with just 50 seconds left in the period.
Neither team would score in the second period as Kamloops outshot the Chiefs 13-12.
Spokane would cut the lead in half at 2-1 when Riley Woods scored his 18th of the year just 1:10 into the third period, snapping a shot past goalie Dylan Ferguson from the left circle on a 2-on-1.
The Chiefs earned four power play chances, including a four-minute opportunity after a double minor was called early in the third, but came up empty on Ferguson, who turned aside 47 shots as the Chiefs outshot Kamloops 48-28 on the night.
Spokane finished 0-for-7 on the power play while Kamloops was 0-for-3.
The Blazers now lead the season series 2-0.
Seattle’s shootout loss to Portland gave the Thunderbirds a point and pulled them ahead of the Chiefs by a point for fourth place in the U.S. Division standings. Spokane will wrap up their road swing Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Kelowna. Mike Boyle will have the call on 1510 KGA starting with the pre-game show at 6:30 pm.