SPOKANE -- The Spokane Chiefs scored three unanswered goals and came back from a 3-2 deficit to hand the Chilliwack Bruins a 5-3 loss on Friday night at Veterans Memorial Arena.
Steven Kuhn had one goal and two assists and the Chiefs went 2-for-8 on the power play in their second win this week. Spokane will welcome the Tri-City Americans, 5-2 winners over the Portland Winterhawks on Friday, to Spokane on Saturday night.
Spokane and Chilliwack traded goals in the first, a pair of power play goals by the Chiefs and a short handed and even strength goal by the Bruins. Steven Kuhn and Brenden Kichton scored for Spokane.
Chilliwack scored their final goal, a power play marker, just 36-seconds into the second to take a 3-2 lead. Spokane would score the next three, two of them in a 1:28 span in the second. Darren Kramer's wrist shot from the right wing at 5:32 would even the game and Matt Marantz's second goal in as many games was the eventual game winner.
Tyler Johnson scored his league leading 37th of the season at 9:13 of the third for the final score. He is now tied for the league lead in scoring and has a 16-game point scoring streak.
Spokane's win, coupled with the Portland loss, pulls the Chiefs within one point of first place in the Western Conference. Saturday night's game begins at 7pm.
The Chiefs were 3-for-4 on the penalty kill and outshot the Bruins 43-23. Mac Engel won his second straight start in place of injured goalie James Reid, registering 20 saves.