KELOWNA, British Columbia – The Kelowna Rockets have been labeled the top-ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League for the last month.
But against the Spokane Chiefs, the Rockets have fizzled.
Jason Fram scored in the sixth round of a 1-0 shootout, backup goalie Garret Hughson played hero and the Chiefs overcame a 5-2 deficit to defeat Kelowna 6-5 on Wednesday.
Spokane (31-15-2-2, 66 points) is 2-0 against Kelowna (40-8-0-2) this season, including a 6-3 home win in early October. The Chiefs won their fourth straight game and are 2-0 on their four-games-in-five-days road trip.
Hughson came on as a replacement after Eric Williams allowed five goals, including four in the second period. Hughson stopped eight shots in the third period and OT and withstood six shootout attempts.
Spokane’s Reid Gow scored twice, including a power-play goal with 4:36 left to force OT. The Chiefs’ Mitch Holmberg had one goal and two assists to reach 90 points.