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Giants’ power play key to Chiefs’ woes

The Vancouver Giants scored five power play goals in 20 opportunities to defeat the Spokane Chiefs 6-3 in the Everett Silvertips preseason tournament in Everett.

Vancouver took advantage of Spokane’s extended visits in the penalty box, outshooting the Chiefs 50-22. Spokane goalie Thomas Stehr had 44 saves, including 18 in the third period.

Johannes Salmonsson, Spokane’s first-round pick in this summer’s CHL Import Draft, gave the Chiefs an early 1-0 lead just 2:30 into his debut. The assist came from Michael Reddington and Matt McCue.

Chris Bruton led the Chiefs with a pair of short-handed goals, the first of which put Spokane ahead 2-0 just 4:47 into the game.

Jovan Matic scored twice for the Giants, including their only goal at full strength with 3:08 left in the third.

The Chiefs will conclude tournament play against the Seattle Thunderbirds today at 3:30 p.m. in Everett.


Kevin Braegger shot even par 71 at Downriver Golf Course to take the lead into today’s final round of the Spokane City Championship.

Breagger’s two-day total of 142 puts him two shots ahead of first-round leader Bill Witte (76) and three ahead of Denny Larue (72). Dustin Garber (69) shot the low round of the day and stands four strokes back.

The tournament will conclude today at The Creek at Qualchan.


La Conner took overtime to defeat visiting Deer Park 13-7 in a non-league prep matchup. The Stags (0-1) struck first when Brian Huffman found Aaron Rutt for a 76-yard touchdown pass. There were over 20 penalties in the teams’ season opener.