REGINA, Saskatchewan – Bailey Brkin stopped all 35 Regina shots for his first career shutout, and the Chiefs’ first this season, as Spokane blanked the Pats 4-0 at the Brandt Centre on Wednesday night and moved into first place in the Western Hockey League’s U.S. Division.
Adam Beckman scored his fifth and sixth goals – his first multigoal game as a Chief – Jack Finley added his third goal in two nights and Ethan McIndoe scored for the second consecutive night, leading a Spokane attack that pelted Regina goalie Max Paddock with 43 shots.
Ty Smith’s 13th assist of the season on McIndoe’s first-period goal ran his scoring streak to eight games.
The Chiefs registered their third victory in four games on a six-game swing through Saskatchewan and Manitoba, their longest road trip of the season.
Both of Beckman’s goals were assisted by Riley Woods, who leads the Chiefs with 16 points (eight goals, eight assists).
Spokane, 6-2-0-2, good for 14 points, leads Seattle (6-1-1-0) by one point in the division. The loss dropped Regina to 3-7-0-0.
The Chiefs’ eastern road swing continues Friday with a 6 p.m. game at Saskatoon.
Spokane will complete the trip Saturday against the Prince Albert Raiders (11-1-0-0), the top-ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League.
The Chiefs will return home on Oct. 26 to take on the Portland Winterhawks.
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