The Sportsplex may not be the perfect setting, but it served as the perfect stage for a trio of Spokane Chiefs rookies to strut their stuff Monday night.
Brandin Cote and Justin Ossachuk collected two points apiece and Cole Fischer scored his first Western Hockey League goal as the Chiefs notched their season-high fifth straight win, 3-0 over the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
Aren Miller turned back all 22 Lethbridge shots to earn his second shutout of the season as the Chiefs successfully opened a four-game trip with their seventh win in eight road outings. Next stop is at Medicine Hat on Wednesday night.
Lethbridge had played the Chiefs to a 4-4 tie in Spokane and was working on a 9-2 record at home. But the Hurricanes fell behind early and couldn’t mount an attack against Spokane, which allowed just 12 shots on Miller the final 40 minutes.
Cote’s third goal, on a breakaway set up by Ossachuk and Brad Ference 2:52 into the game, was the only goal of the first period and proved the winner.
Fischer notched the only goal of the second, at 4:36, when he stepped into the left circle to collect the rebound of an Ossachuk shot that was stopped by a defenseman and blast it home. Cote also had an assist.
After Lethbridge pulled its goalie in the final minute for an extra attacker, veteran Trent Whitfield picked off an errant Hurricanes pass and hit the open net with 20 seconds to play for his eighth goal to seal it.