KENT, Wash. – Connor Honey scored twice and Calvin Pickard made 41 saves as the Seattle Thunderbirds beat the Spokane Chiefs 3-1 in Western Hockey League action Tuesday night.
The Chiefs (36-24-5-4, 81 points) missed a chance to tie first-round playoff opponent Vancouver in points in the battle for home-ice advantage in the upcoming best-of-7 series. The Giants have 83 points but have played one more game than the Chiefs.
All of Seattle’s goals were scored on the power play as the Thunderbirds built a 3-0 lead before Steven Kuhn scored at 8:08 of the third period for Spokane.
The Thunderbirds converted 3 of 4 power plays, while the Chiefs didn’t convert any of their six opportunities with the man advantage. Spokane outshot Seattle 42-24.
The Chiefs have three regular-season games remaining: tonight against Kamloops and Friday against Seattle at the Arena, and Saturday at Tri-City.