The Spokane Chiefs scored three unanswered goals on their way to their first win over the Kamloops Blazers this season by a score of 3-1. With the victory, the Chiefs moved into a fourth-place tie with Seattle in the U.S. Division, just one point back of third place Tri-City. The win also pushed the Chiefs nine points ahead of the Blazers in the race for a wild card playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Kamloops took a 1-0 lead midway through the first on a Brodi Stuart goal. The Blazers would hold that lead after one. Spokane would get even at 10:22 of the second when Luke Toporowski scored his fifth goal in seven games, setting a Cedric Chenier centering feed and firing the puck past the glove of Blazer goaltender Dylan Ferguson.
The Chiefs would take their first lead of the game, and get the eventual game-winner as it turned out, when Riley Woods scored his 20th of the season from Hudson Elynuik on a shorthanded breakaway with less than two minutes left in the second period. The shorthanded goal was the Chiefs’ 12th of the season.
Spokane goalie Dawson Weatherill would make that lead stand up with 21 saves in net, including 15 over the final 40 minutes to pick up his 16th win of the season. Ethan McIndoe would cap the scoring with an empty net goal from Jaret Anderson-Dolan and Tyson Helgesen with less than a minute left to give Spokane their third win in five games. The Chiefs outshot the Blazers 32-22 in the win, going 0-for-2 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.
The Chiefs have now won six of their last eight games, are 3-0-2 on their seven-game road swing and will head to division-leading Everett for the sixth game on Friday night at 7:35 p.m. Mike Boyle will have the call on 1510 KGA NW Sports Talk starting with the pre-game show at 7 p.m.
Spokane’s next home game is Sunday, February 11 versus the Everett Silvertips at 5:05 p.m. It will be Special Olympics Night at the Arena as the Chiefs recognize local Special Olympics athletes from our community. Tickets for Sunday night and all Chiefs home games are available in-person at the Chiefs’ Ticket Office, over the phone at 509-535-PUCK and online at spokanechiefs.com.