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Leftovers from a good hockey weekend

Some leftovers from the Spokane Chiefs 6-1 and 1-0 weekend wins at the Arena.


After Brady Brassart scored his first WHL goal in Saturday’s 6-1 he talked about staying positive waiting for the puck to go in as well as the chemistry of the all-rookie fourth line with Anthony Bardaro centering between Brassart and Mitch Holmberg.

“Just knowing that it will (go in), just having confidence if you keep making good plays eventually some will go in. Sooner or later the luck has to go your way,” he said.

“We have good chemistry. We’re all in the same boat, we all know what we need to do to be in the lineup and we know what we need to do to stay in it.”

He also sounded like a veteran talking about the win after Tuesday’s dismal loss to Everett.

“I think it brought us back to reality,” he said. “We were on a bit of a streak and I think we got a little high on ourselves and forgot to work hard. Good things happen when you work hard. That’s the biggest thing from last game to this game, we just out-worked the other team.”

Brassart’s goal brought an big reaction from the Chiefs’ bench.

“It’s fun for everyone one, the teammates, the coaches,” coach Hardy Sauter said. “We need those guys to gain that confidence that when they’re out there they have a chance to score. … We’re hoping that those guys continue to gain confidence and not only become good forcheckers but offensive threats as well.”

Brassart scored the lone goal in the Chiefs 1-0 win on Sunday.

Kyle Beach notched his second hat trick of the season on Saturday and the third goal with a final minute was the 100th of his career. That game marked the return of Jared Spurgeon on the blue line. He’s made his presence felt with four assists on the seven goals in two weekend wins.

“He’s just a great player,” goalie James Reid said after posting the shutout on Sunday. “A very good play maker, good defensively, helps me out, helps out the forwards, too.”

There were plenty of good things to say about Reid as well, who was won six straight allowing 0-1-1-1-1-0.

“I think it’s just extreme confidence in his game,” defenseman Brett Bartman said. “He’s a very good goalie, obviously getting invited to the Vancouver camp in the fall. He went through a little bit of a tough time at the beginning of October but I think after he got a few games under his belt, he’s playing extremely well. I don’t think our game has changed much, it’s him making key saves and key times. As defensemen we can’t take credit.”

Sauter said, “Since his leave of absence he’s been real good. It took a week or so to get back in the groove but quiet honestly we expected James to play well. I’m glad he is but at the same time we’re not surprised.”

The coach like the way his team played down the stretch of a 1-0 game: “It was close, it was exciting, every shot mattered. It’s good for our group to go through games like to see how they resond. I thought our confidence level was excellent holding a one goal lead.”

After a 6-1 whippin’ in Spokane Saturday night, there is some unrest in Kamloops.

Seattle is red-hot: The Silvertips won 5-0 at Vancouver Sunday night, 4-0 at Everett on Saturday. Goalie Calvin Pickard has three shutouts this season, six in his career, and has a scoreless streak of 131:50, as the T-Birds won three road games in three nights.


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