Joe Antilla's goal midway through the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and lifted the Kootenay Ice to a 4-2 win over the Spokane Chiefs Saturday night in Cranbrook, B.C. It was Spokane's first loss to Kootenay in three meetings this season.
After a scoreless first period, Kootenay's Dylen McKinlay put the Ice up 1-0 2:22 into the second period. The Chiefs Mitch Holmberg would score his 21st goal of the year off a rebound in the slot at 7:10 of the period to bring Spokane even at 1-1. Liam Stewart and Jason Fram picked up the assists. McKinlay would score his second of the night at 17:24 of the second to give Kootenay a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.
Spokane would draw back even 8:36 into the third period on Brenden Kichton's power play goal. Kichton's 12th of the season was assisted by Blake Gal and Dominick Uher. Antilla's shot from the left side eluded Chiefs goalie Mac Engel at 11:14 to put the Ice up for good. McKinlay then capped a hat trick with his third of the night at 18:17 to secure the win for Kootenay.
Spokane outshot Kootenay 30-20 in the game, going 1-3 on the power play and 2-2 on the penalty kill. Spokane will return home to open a 4 game homestand when they host the Seattle Thunderbirds Monday night at 7:05pm. Mike Boyle will have the call on 1510 KGA beginning with the pre-game show at 6:30pm.