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Chiefs’ four-game winning streak comes to end against Vancouver

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 10:40 p.m.

From staff reports

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Special teams provided the difference in a matchup of the two hottest teams in the Western Hockey League’s Western Conference on Friday night.

The Vancouver Giants scored three power-play goals to defeat the visiting Spokane Chiefs 5-4. The Giants extended their winning run to six consecutive games while snapping Spokane’s four-game streak.

Luc Smith scored twice, giving him 25 this season, for the Chiefs (30-18-2-4, 66 points) and Eli Zummack had a goal and two assists. Teammate Riley Woods added a late goal.

Spokane took an early lead on Smith’s power-play goal at 3:13 of the first period.

But the advantage lasted 15 seconds, as Vancouver’s Kaleb Bulych scored at 3:28.

The Giants took the lead exactly 10 minutes later on Justin Sourdif’s man-advantage tally. Vancouver added two more power-play goals in the second period to extend the margin to 4-1. The Giants went 3 for 4 with the extra man and held Spokane’s league-leading power play to one goal in seven chances.

Smith made it 4-2 at 3:47 of the third and Zummack got the Chiefs within a goal at 11:51.

Vancouver’s Jadon Joseph scored the clincher at 15:46, making it 5-3. Woods tallied at 18:50 of the third.

Spokane goaltender Reece Klassen made 26 saves and the Giants’ Trent Miner stopped 20 shots.

The Giants (38-13-2-1 79 points), who lead the B.C. Division and have clinched a playoff berth, got a goal and an assist each from Jared Dmytriw, Milos Roman and Joseph.

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