December 28, 2011 in Sports

Chiefs cruise past Rockets


KELOWNA, B.C. – After a nine-day holiday layoff, the Spokane Chiefs returned to the ice and beat Kelowna 4-1 Tuesday in Western Hockey League action.

Mitch Holmberg opened the scoring and capped the scoring for Spokane. Holmberg’s first goal came with 3 minutes left to play in the first period.

After Marek Kalus scored at 14:18 of the second, Collin Valcourt scored a minute-and-a-half later to give the Chiefs a 3-0 lead. It was Valcourt’s third straight game with a goal.

Holmberg scored his second goal of the game halfway through the third period.

It was the second straight game against Kelowna in which Holmberg registered two goals and an assist.

Brett Bulmer scored late in the third for the Rockets (14-17-2-3) to spoil Spokane’s attempt at its first shutout of the season.

The Chiefs improved to 16-11-2-3, good enough for third place in the Western Conference’s U.S. Division.

Spokane is back in action Friday night at Kootenay.

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