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Chiefs blank Giants for fourth straight victory

Staff reports

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Kailer Yamamoto scored a pair of second-period goals to continue his recent hot streak and the Spokane Chiefs breezed to a 5-0 victory over the Vancouver Giants in Western Hockey League play on Wednesday night.

Yamamoto has piled up 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in his last six games to help the Chiefs (26-19-1-2, 55 points) win five of their last six matches, including a season-best four straight.

Chiefs goaltender Dawson Weatherill stopped all 31 shots he faced in picking up his second shutout victory of the season.

Zach Fischer netted his 21st goal of the campaign just 63 seconds into the contest to stake the Chiefs to a 1-0 lead. Tyson Helgeson and Hudson Elynuik assisted on the score.

Yamamoto followed with an unassisted goal to make it 2-0 59 seconds into the second period. He added a short-handed goal at 3:10 – with assists from Elynuik and Jeff Faith – for a three-goal advantage and Spokane stretched it to 4-0 when Luke Toporowski tallied his fourth goal of the season at the 11:29 mark of the second. Milos Fafrak had an assist.

Elynuik capped the scoring with his 23rd goal at 4:15 in the final period. Riley Woods and Filip Kral had assists.

Spokane has won 10 straight over Vancouver, dating to a 3-2 loss on Sept. 30, 2012.

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