RED DEER, Alberta – Tyler Johnson scored twice, but it was not enough for the Spokane Chiefs, who fell short of their fourth straight win by losing to Red Deer 3-2 Saturday.
Johnson brought the Chiefs (13-8-1-0) even with the Rebels (12-12-0-0) on both goals, but Spokane never held a lead.
After scoring to knot the game at 1-1, Spokane fell behind when Landon Ferraro scored for the Rebels with 30 seconds left in the first period.
Johnson answered with 5:11 gone in the third period, scoring a power-play goal against goalie Darcy Kuemper.
Four minutes later, Red Deer took the lead on a 2-on-1 goal by Nathan Green. The Rebels’ lead held, giving the Chiefs their first loss in four games and snapping their four-game road winning streak.
Spokane had plenty of opportunities against the Rebels, dominating in shots 36-23, but the Chiefs struggled to find a hole against Kuemper, who tallied 34 saves. Spokane goalie Michael Tadjdeh tallied 20 saves, but allowed first-period goals to Adam Kambeitz and Ferraro.
“It was definitely a game we could have won,” Spokane coach Hardy Sauter said. “We had lots of guys playing better tonight with more speed and intensity, but now we need to regroup and prepare for (today’s) game with Calgary.”
Today’s game will be the Chiefs’ third road game in as many days. The Chiefs also play on the road Wednesday and Friday before returning home Saturday against Regina.