Chiefs in 3rd after sixth straight win
CRANBROOK, B.C. – This one didn’t get away.
After squandering a two-goal lead, as they did in losing on their last visit a month earlier, the Spokane Chiefs rallied to keep their winning streak alive.
Goals by Stefan Ulmer and Brady Brassart rescued Spokane after the Kootenay Ice had forged a lead late in the second period and the Chiefs pulled out their six straight Western Hockey League victory Friday, 6-4.
Their first win in three visits to Cranbrook moved the Chiefs (37-20-3-1, 78 points) a point ahead of idle Portland into third place in the U.S. Division.
Spokane trails second-place Everett, which won 3-2 at Tri-City, by two points.
Spokane scored on three of its first four shots – Kyle Beach’s ninth goal in the last four games in the mix – and led 3-1.
But the Ice dominated the second period. When Brayden McNabb capped a three-goal burst, they led 4-3.
It didn’t last long.
Ulmer’s second goal of the night and seventh of the season 26 seconds later tied it.
Brassart’s seventh goal was the winner, and Levko Koper iced it with an empty-net goal.
“It was a great road win for us,” coach Hardy Sauter said. “I didn’t like the way we played in the second period, but we were very solid in the third.
“It was real nice to see Stefan Ulmer get rewarded for his good play of late.”