Spokane, Wash – The Spokane Chiefs scored 4 third period goals in a 6-3 win over the Kootenay ICE in WHL action on Saturday.
The Chiefs (41-25-2-0) opened the scoring in the first period on the powerplay with defenceman Jason Fram scoring on a shot from the middle slot that went off the goalies’ shoulder and into the net.
The ICE (33-33-2-0) tied the game in the second period on a powerplay rebound goal by Brock Montgomery.
Montgomery is 2nd in the WHL with 18 PPG.
The Chiefs regained the lead on a disputed goal as Mackeznie Skapski was knocked down in his crease and had the puck underneath his pads outside the goal line and as players crashed the crease the puck landed on the goal line and the referee called it a goal.
In the third period the ICE got 2 goals from Descheneau while the Chiefs got 2 goals from Blake Gal and one from Mitch Holmberg to make the score 5-3 midway through the period.
Alessio Bertaggia added an empty net goal.
Jaedon Descheneau (5 games), Sam Reinhart (4 games) and Brock Montgomery (4 games) extended their point streaks.
The ICE magic number to clinch a playoff spot is 3 points.
The ICE will host Lethbridge on Tuesday.
The ICE were one skater short of a complete line-up.
ICE Scratch – Zach McPhee 3rd game upper body 1-2 weeks, Levi Cable 2nd game lower body 2-4 weeks.
Home 2 – Lethbridge, Calgary,
Away 2 – Lethbridge, Calgary
Home 2 –Kootenay, Medicine Hat
Away 2 – Kootenay, Medicine Hat
Medicine Hat 3
Home 1 – Lethbridge
Away 2 – Calgary, Lethbridge
Swift Current 2
Home 1 – Regina
Away 1 – Regina
Spokane 41-25-2-0 Kootenay 33-33-2-0
1, Spokane, Fram 2 (King, Bertaggia), 6:38 (PP).
Penalties-Leach Ktn (hooking), 6:22; Whittingham Spo (holding), 15:20.
2, Kootenay, Montgomery 30 (Peel, Descheneau), 7:14 (PP).
3, Spokane, Kichton 22 (Chartier), 12:53.
Penalties-Boyd Ktn (tripping), 4:21; Kichton Spo (tripping), 6:57; Peel Ktn (tripping), 9:35.
4, Kootenay, Descheneau 26 (Shirley, Reinhart), 2:26.
5, Spokane, Holmberg 37 (Gal, Gow), 4:59.
6, Spokane, Gal 15 (Holmberg), 7:17.
7, Kootenay, Descheneau 27 (Reinhart, Peel), 9:50.
8, Spokane, Gal 16 (Kichton, Bertaggia), 10:25.
9, Spokane, Bertaggia 27 (Kichton), 18:31 (EN).
Penalties-Vetterl Ktn (roughing), 9:36; Coyle Spo (roughing), 9:36.
Shots on Goal-Kootenay 17-4-9-30. Spokane 8-14-20-42.
Power Play Opportunities-Kootenay 1 / 2; Spokane 1 / 3.
Goalies-Kootenay, Skapski 32-24-1-0 (41 shots-36 saves). Spokane, Williams 30-19-2-0 (30 shots-27 saves).
Referees-Brett Iverson (24), Jason Nissen (91).
Linesmen-Justin Hull (49), Jim Maniago (85).