Spokane falls on eve of outdoor game
CRANBROOK, B.C. – Kevin King finished one goal shy of a hat trick, scoring both of his goals in the second period to lead Kootenay (29-12-1-2) to a 6-2 victory over Spokane (25-11-3-2) on Friday night and snap the Chiefs’ seven-game winning streak.
Spokane held a 12-9 edge in shots in the first period, but trailed 2-1 at the end of the first 20 minutes.
Tyler Johnson scored his team-leading 32nd goal of the season with 11 minutes remaining in the first, but Spokane never pulled even.
King scored on a power play 2:22 into the second and followed it up with his second goal 2 1/2 minutes later, putting the Ice ahead for good.
King’s power-play goal was one of three for the Ice, the most the Chiefs have allowed this season.
Steven Kukn added the final goal for the Chiefs in the second period on Dominik Uher’s second assist of the night.
Kootenay goalie Nathan Liewen made 30 saves on 32 attempts by the Chiefs.
The teams will pick up the second half of the home-and-home series today as the Chiefs host the WHL’s first outdoor game today at 1 p.m. at Avista Stadium.