February 26, 2009 in Sports

Bowman’s big night sparks Chiefs

Friday: Portland at Spokane, 7 p.m.

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Drayson Bowman scored a pair of first-period goals to start Spokane off and running, had a hat trick by the 6-minute, 27-second mark of the second period and finished with a career-high four goals to spark the Chiefs to a 5-2 victory over the Kamloops Blazers in Western Hockey League play at the Interior Savings Centre on Wednesday night.

With the victory, the Chiefs (40-19-0-3) put an end to a three-game losing streak and remained eight points behind first-place Tri-City in the U.S. Division and one point ahead of Kelowna for the third playoff seed in the Western Conference. Kelowna drubbed host Medicine Hat 6-1, while Tri-City routed visiting Chilliwack 8-1.

Bowman’s first tally came 4:11 into the game and his second score followed 10:30 later.

His fourth goal came at 12:31 in the second period.

Brady Calla, who was picked up by the Chiefs at the trade deadline, had three assists in his first game against his former team.

Justin McCrae capped the scoring for Spokane with a goal at the 12:56 mark of the third period.

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