Led by Mike Aviani's career high 4 goals, the Spokane Chiefs finished off a 2 game sweep of the Victoria Royals with a 6-1 victory Wednesday night in Victoria, B.C. Aviani also notched an assist for a career high 5 point night as the Chiefs are off to a 3-0 start and in first place in the U.S. Division of the Western Hockey League.
Aviani started the scoring as he banged home a rebound off a Jason Fram shot on the power play at 16:20 of the first period. Reid Gow picked up his first of 3 straight assists on Aviani's first of the night as the Chiefs led 1-0 after one.
Goalie Garret Hughson turned aside 10 Victoria shots in the first period. Aviani would add to the lead with his second power play goal at 11:56 of the second period. Mitch Holmberg would make it 3-0 Spokane with the Chiefs third power play tally of the night with his league leading 6th goal of the season at 15:15 to give the Chiefs a 3-0 lead after two.
Connor Chartier would notch his 2nd goal of the year from Markson Bechtold and Liam Stewart 7:39 into the third period to put Spokane up 4-0. Aviani would secure the Chiefs second hat trick of the season with a shorthanded goal from Holmberg at 11:59 to extend the lead to 5-0.
Victoria would spoil Hughson's bid for his 3rd career shutout with a power play goal at 13:17 of the period. Aviani would cap the scoring with a rebound of a Bechtold shot at 16:42 as Holmberg picked up his 3rd assist of the night to secure a 4 point night.
After being outshot 10-2 to start the game, Spokane outshot the Royals 32-29 in the contest. The Chiefs were 3-5 on the power play and have started the season 7-14 with the man advantage through 3 games.
Spokane is now 6-0 in Victoria in the Royals three seasons since re-locating from Chilliwack, and are 9-1 all time against the Royals.
Spokane will return home to the Spokane Arena for their home opener Saturday night against the Tri City Americans.