Koper, Reid give Chiefs win in SO

Levko Koper's shootout goal and a save by James Reid gave the Spokane Chiefs a 4-3 win over the Kootenay Ice on Saturday.

A late goal by Brayden McNabb, set up by Cody Eakin's work in the corner, lift the Kootenay Ice into overtime against the Spokane Chiefs before 8,800 fans at the Arena Saturday night.

In the shoout, the first four Chiefs missed until Koper beat Nathan Lieuwen with a backhander. Then Reid stopped McNabb, the Ice fifth shooter.

3 stars: 3, Reid, 2, Kichton 1, Eakin

Long box below.

Chiefs 4, Ice 3 (SO)

Spokane – Saturday

First period

1, Koot, King 31 (Rintoul) 2:43, pp.

2, Spo, Uher 20 (Koper, Johnson) 5:26, pp.

Penalties – Baldwin, Spo (delay of game) 1:16; Brassart, Spo (holding) 3:43; Pearce, Koot (tripping) 5:18; Benoit, Koot (tripping) 15:40.

Second period

3, Spo, Johnson 51 (Kichton, Uher) 2:28, pp.

4, Spo, Aviani 7 (Kichton, Valcourt) 9:48.

5, Koot, Eakin 34 (McNabb, Ismond) 11:27.

Penalties – King, Koot (roughing) 1:27; Bardaro, Spo (tripping) 16:05.

Third period

6, Koot, McNabb 21 (Ismond) 18:40.

Penalties – Neibrandt, Koot (delay of game) 9:22.


No one.

Penalties – None.


Spokane – Johnson miss, Gal miss, Kichton miss, Bardaro miss, Koper goal.

Kootenay: Ismond miss, Eakin miss, Fraser miss, Pearce miss, McNabb win.

Shots on goal by
Kootenay 8-4-10-1_23
Spokane  8-4-5-0_17

Goal (shots-saves) — Kootenay: Lieuwen (L, 31-16-1-3) 17-14. Spokane: Reid (W, 33-9-2-1) 23-20.

Power plays (goals-chances) — Kootenay 1-3; Spokane 2-3.

Referees — Colby Smith, Shane Warshaw. Linesmen — Justin Hull, Clayton Richardson.

Attendance – 8,802.

 Scratches – Kootenay: Mackenzie Skapski, Luke Paulsen, Brock Montgomery, Max Reinhart.. Spokane: Cole Hamblin, Malek Kalus, Mitch Holmberg, Reid Gow.

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