KAMLOOPS, British Columbia – Mitch Holmberg scored the only goal in the best-of-3 shootout and James Reid turned away three Kamloops attempts as the Spokane Chiefs defeated the Blazers 4-3 Wednesday in Western Hockey League play.
Chase Schaber missed the first shootout attempt for Kamloops. Spokane’s Tyler Johnson and the Blazers’ Brendan Ranford missed the second attempts.
Spokane secured its first road win when Reid stopped Austin Madaisky’s third attempt.
Reid finished with 43 saves.
Both teams entered with a record of 1-3-0-0.
Spokane took a 2-0 lead early in the second period.
Reid Gow scored Spokane’s first goal at 16:52 of the first period, off assists from Steven Kuhn and Levko Koper.
Holmberg fed Matt Marantz at 5:19 of the second period for the Chiefs’ second score.
Kamloops broke through late in the second period on Madaisky’s first goal of the season.
The Blazers took a 3-2 edge with two goals in the third. Schaber scored at 2:03 off assists from Ranford and JT Barnett. Three minutes later, Schaber had the assist in Ranford’s fourth goal of the year.
The Chiefs tied the game at 11:41 of the third when Holmberg and Johnson set up Darren Kramer’s first goal of the year.
Both teams were 0 for 5 on the power play.
The Chiefs play their next six games at home – their longest homestand of the year – starting with games Friday and Saturday against Portland.