Two goals 29-seconds apart in the third period gave the Spokane Chiefs a comeback victory over the Kootenay Ice in front of 8,783 fans at the Spokane Arena on Saturday night. Team Captain Darren Kramer came up with the game tying goal at 13:38 of the third period and was the game’s first star. Collin Valcourt’s 16th of the season proved to be the game winner.
The Ice made the most of their only power play opportunity of the first period, scoring on a shot from the blue line by Joey Leach at 12:10.
It took 23 shots before the Chiefs were finally able to get past Kootenay net minder Nathan Lieuwien, the games second star. Marek Kalus received a pass in the slot from Dominik Uher on the power play to make it a 1-1 game at 19:48 of the second.
The third period started off in the favor of the Ice thanks to a goal by Elgin Pearce at 2:23 to put Kootenay up 2-1.
Kramer’s game tying goal game with just 6:22 left on the clock and was compliments of assists by rookies Connor Chartier and Liam Stewart.
Valcourt provided the game winner, deflecting a Brenden Kichton shot from the point. Kichton had two helpers and passed Jared Spurgeon for fourth on the Chiefs all time assists list for defenseman with 135.
Spokane outshot Kootenay 39-23 and finished the game 1-4 on both the power play and penalty kill.
The Chiefs next game is Tuesday night in Seattle against the Thunderbirds. The Chiefs will return home the following evening to play the Kamloops Blazers on Wednesday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m.