The Spokane Chiefs were shorthanded, but Aren Miller took up the slack.
The goaltender stopped 20 shots for his second shutout to help the Chiefs to a 2-0 Western Hockey League win over the Seattle Thunderbirds Wednesday night.
Spokane, playing without Derek Schutz, Ty Jones and Brad Ference, used first-period goals by Trent Whitfield and Greg Leeb to extend its road-winning streak to three games and snap a four-game skid against Seattle.
Miller’s other shutout this season was also against Seattle, a 6-0 victory at the Arena in November.
It marked the Thunderbirds’ first loss to a West Division opponent at KeyArena since Nov. 3.
Whitfield scored on a breakaway goal at 4:05 to put Spokane on the board. Leeb’s goal followed at 9:16 on an assist from Joel Boschman.
The Chiefs, 27-25-4 and in third place, begin a five-game homestand Friday against Portland at the Arena. Saturday, Spokane faces Tri-City.
The three missing Chiefs players took part in the CHL prospects game in Toronto. Jones scored a goal and had two assists in the game.
Two Seattle players participated, Patrick Marleau and Jeremy Reich.
Spokane 2, Seattle 0
Spokane 2 0 0 - 2
Seattle 0 0 0 - 0
First period - 1, Spokane, Whitfield 27 (Leeb, Boschman) 4:05. 2, Leeb 19 (Boschman) 9:16. Key penalties - Cisar, Spo., :48; Lane, Spo., 9:38; Rossiter, Spo., 17:13.
Second period - No scoring. Key penalties - Taylor, Sea., 5:04; Lane, Spo., 11:43; Cantu, Sea., 13:40.
Third period - No scoring. Key penalties - Boschman, Spo., 5:54; Haley, Spo., 10:48.
Power play opportunities - Spokane 0 of 2, Seattle 0 of 6.Saves - Spokane, Miller 8-6-6-20. Seattle, Rudkowsky 2-x-x, Blair 3-8-5-16.A-4,150.
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