Hurricanes in Tri-City tonight to take on the Americans
The Spokane Chiefs got off to a running start and the Lethbridge Hurricanes couldn’t catch up. The Canes were downed 6-2 by the Chiefs in Western Hockey League play Friday night in Spokane.
The Chiefs scored twice in 15 seconds in the first period for a quick 2-0 lead and added two more in the opening 4:05 of the second for a 4-0 lead.
Igor Merezhko — with his first of the season — and Jackson Shepard cut that lead in half after the second period, but Chiefs leading scorer Riley Woods scored his second of the game for a little insurance.
The loss snaps the Hurricanes four-game winning streak and drops the team to 15-8-3-2 on a night when Chiefs league-best power play found the mesh three times.
Spokane took a 1-0 lead on the man advantage 4:31 into the game on a goal from Luc Smith and on the ensuing faceoff it was 2-0 as Jake McGrew added another 15 seconds later for a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes.
Smith — with his second power-play goal of the game — paced the Chiefs to a 3-0 lead before Woods made it 4-0 with his 22nd of the season that ended the night of Canes starter Carl Tetachuk. The 17-year-old let in four goals on 13 shots as backup Reece Klassen came on in relief.
The Hurricanes briefly clawed back as Merezhko scored his first goal since Feb. 2 6:28 into the second before Jackson Shepard scored on the power play midway through the second to make it 4-2.
But the Chiefs went back to the power play midway through the third and their leagueleading power play clicked for the third time on Woods’ second of the game for a 5-2 lead.
Cordel Larson added one more with 2:27 left to round out the scoring. The Hurricanes outshot the Chiefs 30-29. Klassen stopped 14 of 16 shots, while Chiefs goaltender Bailey Brkin kicked out 28 shots to earn the win.
The Chiefs power play was 3-for-4 and still leads the league at 28.6 per cent. The Hurricanes man advantage was 1-for-3. The Canes complete their two-game U.S. road trip tonight when they face the Tri-City Americans. Game time is 8 p.m.
Lethbridge returns home Wednesday night when the Kelowna Rockets come to town at 7 p.m. at the Enmax Centre.