Hur­ri­canes in Tri-City tonight to take on the Amer­i­cans

Lethbridge Herald - - HERALD SPORTS - LETH­BRIDGE HER­ALD

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.

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