Chiefs claim fourth straight victory

The Spokane Chiefs are putting up plenty of positive numbers these days.

Perhaps one of the better numbers is one – which represents the lone regulation loss for Spokane through its first 11 games of the season.

The Chiefs pushed their winning streak to four games Friday night – scoring at least five goals for the fourth straight game – with a 5-2 Western Hockey League victory over the Kamloops Blazers at the Arena.

Drayson Bowman led Spokane (8-1-0-2) – which hasn’t lost in regulation since its Sept. 18 season opener against the Kootenay Ice – with two goals and an assist. The Carolina Hurricanes’ prospect has scored eight goals and registered five assists this season, tying him with Levko Koper as the team’s leading scorer.

“I’m real happy with the offense,” Chiefs coach Hardy Sauter said. “Our finish is real good right now.”

Koper, who has at least a point in all 11 games this season, recorded an assist on Tyler Johnson’s goal to extend his league-leading point-scoring streak. Seth Compton and Jared Cowen also scored for the Chiefs, and Mitch Wahl, Stefan Ulmer and Jared Spurgeon registered two assists apiece.

The Chiefs took eight penalties – some deserved and some not – which was one of the numbers that didn’t please Sauter. Spokane killed off seven of the penalties, though, allowing one in the second period to CJ Stretch that pulled the Blazers within a goal of Spokane at 3-2.

Tonight the Chiefs will hit the road for a better test than they’ve had so far this week. Spokane will be in Kennewick to take on its U.S. Division rivals, the Tri-City Americans (7-3-0-0).

The Chiefs have a four-point lead over the Americans for first in the division.

“It will be a very good test,” Sauter said. “We’re playing a very good team in a hard building to win in.”

Ice chips

Chiefs goalie Dustin Tokarski (7-1-0-1) made 23 saves for Spokane and has a league-leading goals-against average of 1.32. … Prior to the game there was a ceremony in which the Chiefs players and staff from last season were given their Memorial Cup championship rings.


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