CRANBROOK, B.C. - The Spokane Chiefs opened their home and home series with the Kootenay Ice with a 4-3 loss in Cranbrook, B.C. Friday night.
Kootenay's Max Reinhart would score a short handed goal to give the Ice a 1-0 lead 13:56 into the first period. The Chiefs Kenton Miller would counter with short handed goal of his own at 14:29 to even the game at one. Miller's first goal of the season was assisted by Steve Kuhn. Mitch Holmberg's first WHL goal would lift the Chiefs to a 2-1 lead at 16:09 of the period. T.C. Cratsenberg took an Anthony Bardaro pass on the right wing and found a wide open Holmberg by the left post. Dustin Sylvester would even the game for Kootenay 1:03 later to make it 2-2 after the first period. The Chiefs outshot the Ice 18-9 in the first.
Brayden McNabb's slap shot at 8:11 of the second period gave the Ice a 3-2 lead. The Chiefs Jared Cowen would bring Spokane back to a 3-3 tie with his third goal of the season, on the power play at 19:11 of the period. Stephan Ulmer and Mitch Wahl each had an assist, their team leading 7th of the season.
Hayden Rintoul's power play goal at 9:41 of the third period gave Kootenay a 4-3 lead and proved to be the ultimate game winner. Spokane outshot Kootenay 38-30 on the night.
The Chiefs will return home when they host the Ice Saturday night at 7pm in the second half of the home and home series. Mike Boyle will be on the air with Comcast Hockey Tonight at 6:30pm on 1510 KGA