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Chiefs snap losing skid

Sun., Jan. 6, 2013

Five players scored and the Spokane Chiefs snapped their three-game losing streak Saturday night with a 5-2 win over Seattle in Western Hockey League play in Seattle.

The win was the Chiefs fifth in six meetings with the Thunderbirds this season.

Spokane’s Dylan Walchuck opened the scoring at 15:28 of the first period. Seattle responded early in the second period when Jesse Forsberg scored a power-play goal and Alexander Delnov scored two minutes later to give the Thunderbirds a 2-1 lead.

The Chiefs regained the lead after Collin Valcourt and Mike Aviani scored second-period goals.

Spokane got two more goals in the third – one from Blake Gal and the capper from Brenden Kichton – to put the game out of reach.

Eric Williams turned away 34 of 36 shots for Spokane, which had lost six of its prior eight games.

The Chiefs (25-13-1-0) and Thunderbirds (16-21-2-1) will meet twice more in the coming week – Tuesday in Seattle and Wednesday in Spokane.

• The Revelstoke Grizzlies (18-12-3-1) scored four first-period goals and held on to beat the Spokane Braves 6-4 in KIJHL play at Eagles Ice-A-Rena in Spokane.

Dylan Tappe scored two of Spokane’s three third-period goals, but the Braves (12-22-2-1) couldn’t complete the comeback.


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