Mitch Holmberg scored 2 goals and the Spokane Chiefs netted 2 shorthanded goals in the second period on their way to a 6-3 win over the Kamloops Blazers Tuesday night in Kamloops, B.C. The win was Spokane's third straight and moved the Chiefs within 3 points of second place Seattle in the U.S. Division. Spokane has now won 2 of 3 over Kamloops this season and picked up their first win in Kamloops in three seasons.
Holmberg started the scoring on a 5 on 3 power play goal from Reid Gow and Jason Fram at 15:55 of the first period to make it 1-0 Spokane. Dominic Zwerger then scored as the 5 on 4 power play expired at 17:26 from Hudson Elyniuk and Fram to give the Chiefs a 2-0 lead after one. Spokane outshot Kamloops 11-6 in the period.
Kamloops would score just 3:31 into the second to cut the lead to 2-1, but Holmberg would score his second of the night and league leading 45th of the season off a 4 on 4 at 8:06 from Liam Stewart and Gow to put the Chiefs up 3-1. Spokane's Mike Aviani took a 5 minute major penalty for a check to the head at 9:40 to give the Blazers a 5 minute power play, but Stewart stole the puck at the Chiefs blue line and drew a penalty shot just 11 seconds into the Kamloops man advantage. Stewart converted the penalty shot, his 6th goal of the year at 9:51 to make it 4-1. The Blazers scored on a power play goal at 10:44 to cut the lead to 4-2, but Marcus Messier then found Adam Helewka for another shorthanded tally at 12:14 to put Spokane ahead 5-2 after two. It was Helewka's 18th goal of the year and the Chiefs league leading 14th shorthanded goal this season.
Kamloops would score on another power play goal 11:05 into the third period to get within 5-3, but Carter Proft's 6th goal of the season at 16:20 would bring Spokane their final goal in a 6-3 win. The Chiefs outshot Kamloops 28-27 in the contest, going 1-4 on the power play and just 1-3 on the penalty kill. Spokane will now continue the 4 games in 5 nights road trip at Kelowna Wednesday night. Mike Boyle will have the call on 790 KJRB beginning with the pre-game show at 6:30pm and the puck drop at 7:05pm.