LETHBRIDGE, AB -- Spokane scored 5 unanswered goals, including a 4 goal third period, on their way to a 6-2 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes Friday night in Lethbridge, Alberta. The Chiefs improved to 9-3 on the road as they won the only meeting between the two teams this season.
Lethbridge took a 1-0 lead after one on a power play goal at 16:09 of the first period. Spokane would pull back even on Carter Proft's 3rd goal of the year on assists from Tyler King and Jacob Cardiff, who scored his first helper of his career, at 2:03 of the second to tie the game at one. The Hurricanes would regain the lead on another power play goal at 5:58 to go ahead 2-1. Mitch Holmberg would begin a big night offensively when he scored a power play goal at 11:27 from Reid Gow and Jason Fram to make it 2-2 after two periods.
Holmberg would get the Chiefs their first lead of the game with another power play tally at 3:27 of the third from Gow and Fram to put Spokane ahead 3-2. The power play goal was Holmberg's 8th of the year, leaving him second behind teammate Mike Aviani's 9 for the season. Adam Helewka would score his 10th goal of the year, and 8th in his last 5 games, from Holmberg and Aviani at 5:58 to up the lead to 4-2. Holmberg would then notch his 2nd hat trick of the year from Helewka at 9:29 to give the Chiefs a 5-2 edge. Holmberg now has a league leading 22 goals, 27 assists and 49 points through 20 games.
Jackson Playfair would cap the scoring at 11:49 with his second goal of the year from Liam Stewart and Cole Wedman as the Chiefs outshot Lethbridge 37-23 in the game. Spokane would go 2-5 on the power play and 4-6 on the penalty kill. Gow's 2 assists give him 24 for the season, third in the WHL. The Chiefs will wrap up their Central Division trip Saturday in Cranbrook, British Columbia when they face the Kootenay Ice for the first of 5 regular season meetings.
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