KENT, Wash. – The Seattle Thunderbirds scored three times during a five-minute stretch of the second period and held on for a 5-3 Western Hockey League win over the Spokane Chiefs on Friday night.
Jason Fram’s first goal of the season gave the Chiefs (5-3-3-0, 13 points) a 1-0 lead at 10:19 of the first period. The score remained the same until Mathew Barzal got the T-birds’ second-period barrage started at 8:23. A minute and a half later, Jerret Smith scored on the power play to make it 2-1, and Justin Hickman added another man-advantage tally at 13:09 to make it 3-1.
Kailer Yamamoto got Spokane within one goal with his score just before the end of the second period. Seattle, however, again made it a two-goal game when Hickman scored his second goal of the night just 29 seconds into the third period.
Fram cut the deficit with his second goal of the game, on the power play at 9:35 of the third period, before Scott Eansor completed the scoring at 15:32.
Garret Hughson made 27 saves for the Chiefs, while Seattle counterpart Taran Kozun made 29 stops.
The Chiefs host the Kootenay Ice tonight at 7:05. The Ice, who lost 9-2 to Calgary on Friday, have the worst record in the WHL (3-10, 6 points).
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