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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Spokane Chiefs hold off Prince George

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – In a penalty-filled affair, the Spokane Chiefs built a two-goal lead midway through the third period and held on to beat the Prince George Cougars 3-2 in Western Hockey League action at CN Centre.

The Chiefs maintained a six-point lead over Tri-City for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Prince George amassed 31 minutes in penalties, giving the Chiefs five power-play chances in the second period alone, though they failed to take advantage. Spokane had 17 penalty minutes.

Keanu Yamamoto started the scoring, notching his 19th of the season on a power play in the first period. The Chiefs (30-25-5-4) led 2-0 just 1:40 into the second on Jaret Anderson-Dolan’s 12th of the campaign.

Prince George (35-27-3-1) halved its deficit with a shorthanded goal by Jesse Gabrielle – his 40th of the season, good for second in the WHL – just more than 4 minutes later.

Curtis Miske made it a two-goal game again midway through the third, his 12th of the year.

The Cougars outshot Spokane 30-22 overall and 13-10 in the final frame. Tyson Verhelst faced a late barrage of shots – Jansen Harkins beat Verhelst for his 22nd goal of the season on a late power play – but held on for his 22nd win of the season, recording 28 saves.

The teams go back at it on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Prince George.