Spokane Chiefs cruise past Victoria

VICTORIA, B.C. – Liam Stewart scored a pair of shorthanded goals and the Spokane Chiefs cranked up the offense over the final two periods to romp to a 6-1 victory over the Victoria Royals in Western Hockey League play on Wednesday.

After the two teams played a scoreless first period Spokane found the net three times in both the second and third periods to turn the game into a rout.

The victory pulls the Chiefs (34-22-4-3, 75 points) within one point of Vancouver for fourth place in the Western Conference standings.

Blake Gal put the Chiefs up 1-0 at 6:32 in the second with his 14th goal of the season. Stewart’s first tally of the night stretched the lead to 2-0 at 15:15 and Brenden Kichton’s 14th goal of the season made it 3-0 just 86 seconds later.

Stewart’s second goal and 14th of the year came at 9:46 in the third and made it 4-0. Mike Aviani found the net at 11:44 and Dominik Uher’s 28th goal capped the scoring for Spokane at the 16:44 mark.

Steven Hodges ruined goalie Mac Engel’s shutout bid at 12:52 in the third.

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