Mac Engel made seven saves in a shootout and Mike Aviani, the ninth shooter, scored the final goal as the Spokane Chiefs pulled out a 6-5 win over the Regina Pats in a wild Western Hockey League game Saturday night.
The Chiefs had a one-goal lead three times but need a goal by Steven Kuhn with a minute left to get into overtime, where Engel saved the day with a spectacular save, forcing the shootout.
stars: 3, Engel. 2, Kuhn. 1, Weal, Reg, g, 3A.
Long box below
Chiefs 6, Pats 5, SO
SPOKANE – Saturday
1. Spo, Uher 7 (Kuhn, Gal) 5:15.
Penalties – Hauptman, Spo (interference on goaltender) 7:37; Moser, Reg (high sticking) 9:57; Baldwin, Spo (tripping) 15:38; Underwood, Reg (unsportsmanlike conduct), Kramer, Spo (unsportsmanlike conduct) 18:22.
2, Reg, Stephenson 7 (Stevenson, Weal) :42.
3, Reg, Ouellette 1, :55.
4, Spo, Hauptman 2 (Stewart) 8:54.
5, Spo, Proft 3 (Aviani, Chartier) 14:47.
6, Reg, Weal 10 (Underwood, Hewitt) 18:04, sh.
7, Spo, Gal 3 (Hamblin, Kichton) 18:39, pp.
8, Reg, Stephenson 8 (Bidlevskii, Weal) 18:59.
Penalties – Stevenson, Reg (roughing) 16:57.
9, Reg, Underwood 3 (Weal, Rodewald) 4:09.
10, Spo, Kuhn 5 (Valcourt, Bardaro) 18:59.
Penalties – Bidlevskii, Reg (fighting major), Valcourt, Spo (righting major) :51; Regina bench (too many men on the ice, served by Rodewald) 1:58.
Penalties – Spokane (too man men on the ice, served by Hauptman) 3:33.
Spokane (3)– Kalus, miss; Hauptman, goal; Bardaro, miss; Uher, miss; Gal, goal; Kichton, miss; Stewart, miss; Vandane, miss; Aviani, goal.
Regina (2)– Weal, goal; Klimchuk, miss; Stephenson, miss; Marantz, miss; Stevenson, goal; Volek, miss; Scheidl, miss; Burroughs, miss; Jobke, miss.
Shots on goal by
Goal (shots-saves) — Regina: Hewitt (L, 12-5-1-1) 36-31. Spokane: Engel (W, 8-5-1-1) 28-23.
Power plays (goals-chances) — Regina 0-3, Spokane 1-3.
Referees — Trevor Hanson, Jeff Ingram. Linesmen — Jeremi Del Campo, Anthony Guzzo.
Scratches – Regina: Ricard Blidstrand, Lyndon Mortell, Tanner Olstad, Nathan Zimbaluk. Spokane: Jason Fram, Reid Gow, Mitch Holmberg, Cole Wedman.