SASKATOON, SK - The Spokane Chiefs won their 4th straight game on their Eastern Division road trip as Eric Williams 30 saves lifting Spokane to a 4-1 win at Saskatoon Wednesday night. The Chiefs have now won 5 in a row and 7 of their last 8 as they moved within 4 points of first place Portland in the U.S. Division.
Todd Fiddler scored his league leading 23rd goal of the season just 4:04 into the game from Mike Aviani and Jackson Playfair to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead. It was the fifth straight game Fiddler has scored a goal for Spokane. Liam Stewart scored off a Connor Chartier feed at 6:53 of the first to give the Chiefs a 2-0 lead after one, as the Spokane put up the first 11 shots of the game to outshoot the Blades 13-4 in the first period.
The Chiefs would extend the lead to 3-0 just 2:08 into the second period, as Blake Gal scored his third goal of the year on a backhander. Saskatoon would spoil Williams shutout with a rebound goal from Matej Stransky at 5:09 of the second, as the Blades outshot the Chiefs 15-3 in the period. Williams would turn away all 12 Saskatoon shots in the third, and Mitch Holmberg would convert a Dylan Walchuk pass for his 16th goal of the year at 10:39 of the period to cap a 4-1 Chiefs win.
Spokane was outshot 31-22 in the game, but Williams 30 saves lifted him to his 17th win of the season. Spokane was a perfect 6-6 on the penalty kill as the Chiefs will look for their 5th straight win on the road trip when they head to Brandon, Manitoba to take on the Wheat Kings Friday night at 5:30pm.