Rinat Valiev's goal in the fifth round of the shootout lifted the Kootenay Ice to a 3-2 shootout win over the Spokane Chiefs Friday night in Cranbrook, B.C. The win was Kootenay's third in 4 games against Spokane this season and clinched the 5 game season series for the Ice over the Chiefs.
Jagger Dirk's one timer at 13:13 of the first period gave Kootenay a 1-0 lead after one. Spokane killed off 3 Kootenay power plays in the first as the Ice outshot the Chiefs 8-6 in the period. Valiev would score from the point just 5:45 into the second to put Kootenay ahead 2-0. Keanu Yamamoto would score his 8th of the season from Connor Chartier and Marcus Messier at 8:15 to cut the lead to 2-1. Yamamoto would strike again for his second of the night from Chartier and Messier at 15:45 for his 4th goal in his last 4 games to tie the game at two after the second.
Neither team was able to score in the third or overtime as the Ice outshot Spokane 21-12 over the 25 minutes. Kootenay would outshoot Spokane 42-27 in the contest. For the first time this year, Spokane did not get a power play chance, while the Chiefs penalty kill was a perfect 5 for 5 on the night. In the shootout, both teams failed to score in the first 4 rounds. Valiev would break the deadlock in round 5, and then Ice goalie Makenzie Skapski denied Jason Fram to seal the win for Kootenay.
The two teams will meet for the final time this season when they face-off in the Spokane Arena Saturday night at 7:05pm. Mike Boyle will have the call on 790 KJRB beginning with the pre-game show at 6:30pm.