KAMLOOPS, British Columbia — The Spokane Chiefs had their second shot at Kamloops goalie Devan Dubnyk in four nights.
On Saturday night, Spokane won at home despite a brilliant effort in net by Dubnyk. Tuesday night, Dubnyk got the best of the matchup in leading Kamloops to a 4-3 win over Spokane in Western Hockey League play.
The Chiefs, who trailed 3-1 in this game, would come back to tie it in the third period. During the final 20 minutes, Spokane outshot Kamloops 18-4.
The Chiefs rallied to tie the game on goals from Dan Mercer (at 7:50) and Kyle Howarth (8:52) before Hogg’s game-winner. Sean Zimmerman added two assists for Spokane
But, with just three minutes remaining, Kamloops got the winning goal from Kris Hogg. The play came as Spokane tried to clear the puck from its zone but the Blazers’ Victor Bartley gloved it and put a shot on net that was tipped just inside the left post by Hogg.
Spokane’s Gary Gladue, who put Spokane on the board with its first goal just 1:57 into the second period, tried to tie the game in the end. His shot hit the post with 2½ minutes left and the Chiefs pulled goalie Jim Watt for the final 1 minute, 15 seconds, for an extra attacker but came up short.
Dubnyk made 36 saves.
Spokane travels to Seattle for a game tonight with the Division-leading Thunderbirds.
Blazers 4, Chiefs 3
First period–1, Kam, Macias 7 (Richards, Hogg) 1:17.
Second period– 2, Kam, Kassian 2 (Hayman, Kauk) 15:04; 3, Spo, Gladue 4 (Zimmerman) 18:03; 4, Kam, Kauk 2 (Richards, Jasovky) 19:00.
Third period– 5, Spo, Mercer 5 (Logan) 7:50; 6, Howarth 11 (Gladue, Zimmerman) 8:52; 6, Kam, Hogg 15 (Bartley, Macias) 17:00.
Power-play Opportunities–Spokane 0 of 4; Kamloops 1 of 5. Saves–Spokane, Watt 10-5-2-17. Kamloops, Dubnyk 8-12-16–36. A–4,806.
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