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Positive news eludes Chiefs

Nothing is going right for the Spokane Chiefs, whose record is 2-10 since the start of 2015. Read story

The Chiefs have been outscored 28-8 during their seven-game losing skid, including 18-1 in the last five games.


Their top 10 scorers (counting Calder Brooks, who is injured) have been shut out in the last five games. Their lone goal came from defenseman Nick Charif, who is also injured.


"We're not getting to the net hard enough to score," Chiefs head coach Don Nachbaur said. "I can preach all that every day, but it's up to the players. X's and O's are one thing, but it's about passion, it's about playing the game hard. And we didn't play hard enough."


Spokane outshot Victoria 16-12 in the first period and 11-6 in the second, but the Chiefs went more than 14 minutes of the third period without a shot.


"There were spurts there where we took over the game and had some chances, but we played too easy at the start of the game and gave up two easy goals," Nachbaur said. "The forwards, I thought, weren't committed to defending the net and we paid the price."


Victoria won the season series from the Chiefs 3-1. The Royals swept Spokane during the first round of last year's playoffs.


Victoria is 10-3 since Dec. 28.


"I definitely think we've come together as of late," said Royals center Tyler Soy, who had two goals and one assist on Friday. "We've won the majority of our last games and I think we're getting ready for the playoffs and trying to have a playoff mentality every night."


Chris Derrick
Chris Derrick joined The Spokesman-Review in 1990. He currently is a copy editor for the Sports Desk.

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