SEATTLE – Tyler Johnson and Steven Kuhn provided the scoring and James Reid made 29 saves and earned his second straight shutout as the Spokane Chiefs (20-10-3-2) blanked the Seattle Thunderbirds (15-12-3-4) 2-0 Tuesday in Western Hockey League action.
The battle between the U.S. Division foes was the third in the last month between the teams. The Chiefs have won two of the three, both on Seattle’s home ice.
Johnson gave the Chiefs a quick lead with his 24th goal of the season, scoring unassisted at the 19:12 mark of the first period. The Thunderbirds couldn’t come up with an equalizer over the first two periods, despite outshooting Spokane 19-14 over that span.
Kuhn gave the Chiefs some cushion, scoring on an assist from Mort Vanscourt with 9:12 remaining.
The shutout was the third of the season for Reid, who also earned his 20th win as the Chiefs’ goalie.
Spokane remains in sole possession of second place with 45 points.