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Chiefs Stumble Against Desperate Blazers, Lose 5-1

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KAMLOOPS, B.C. — The Spokane Chiefs saw their four-game road winning streak come to an end on Tuesday night in Kamloops, falling to the Blazers, 5-1. Los Angeles Kings prospect Jaret Anderson-Dolan extended his goal streak to a career-high eight games in defeat.

The Blazers got on the board first with under under four minutes left in the first period as Orrin Centazzo won a foot race and snuck the puck under goaltender Reece Klassen for his 17th goal of the year.

Kamloops made it 2-0 only 86 seconds later at the 16:46 mark as Connor Zary found the net on a power play.

Ryley Appelt made it 3-0 for the home team early in the middle frame before Anderson-Dolan snapped home his 18th of the year to cut the Kamloops lead to 3-1. The eight-game streak is the second-longest in the WHL this season.

Centazzo struck again with seven seconds left in the second, bursting down the left wing to flip a backhand in for his second of the night, making it 4-1 into the second intermission. Connor Zary scored for the Blazers late in the third to reach the final tally.

The Blazers outshot the Chiefs 51-28 on the night. Klassen made 46 saves while Kamloops’ Dylan Garand stopped 27. Spokane finished 1-for-2 on the power play and 2-for-3 on the penalty kill.

The loss combined with a Portland win over Everett puts Spokane five points behind the Winterhawks for second place in the U.S. Division with three games left in the regular season. If the standings hold, the Winterhawks will hold home ice advantage in the first round of the 2019 WHL Playoffs versus the Chiefs. 

The Blazers moved to within two points of their rival Kelowna in the race for third place in the B.C. Division. Spokane plays at Kelowna on Wednesday night.

The Chiefs continue their three-game road trip on Wednesday night at Kelowna. Mike Boyle will have the call on 103.5 The Game beginning with the pre-game show at 6:30.

Spokane closes out their regular season slate at home on Saturday night against the Tri-City Americans. It will be Miller Lite St. Paddy’s Day Jersey Night, as fans will have the opportunity to bid on or win a themed jersey, with auction proceeds benefiting Second Harvest.

Tickets for Saturday night are available online, over the phone at 509-535-PUCK and in-person at the Chiefs’ Ticket Office at Spokane Arena.

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