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Chiefs defeat defending Memorial Cup champions

VANCOUVER, British CoLumbia – Chris Bruton scored the only goal Spokane needed – a wrist shot from the left circle – and Judd Blackwater added an empty-netter as the Chiefs downed the Vancouver Giants 2-0 in Western Hockey League action Sunday night.

Blackwater ensured the win with his goal at 19:52 of the third period after Bruton put Spokane ahead 1-0 in the second.

The Chiefs posted their fifth straight victory while improving to 8-2-1-1.

The loss ended Vancouver’s winning streak at five games.

The defending Memorial Cup champion Giants saw their record fall to 9-2-1-1 as they suffered their second setback in regulation time.

Spokane outshot the Giants 27-18 while going scoreless on two power play chances.

The Giants were blanked on four man-advantage situations.

The Chiefs held the Giants to only one shot in the last nine minutes of the game.