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Liam Stewart, Steve Kuhn lead as Spokane Chiefs down Victoria Royals 6-1

Thursday, 03.01.2012 / 1:14 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Liam Stewart, Steve Kuhn lead as Spokane Chiefs down Victoria Royals 6-1

VICTORIA - Liam Stewart had two goals and Steve Kuhn added three assists as the Spokane Chiefs beat the Victoria Royals 6-1 in Western Hockey League action Wednesday night.

Blake Gal, Brenden Kichton, Mike Aviani and Dominik Uher also scored for the Chiefs (35-22-7).

Steven Hodges scored for the Royals (20-38-6).

Spokane goalie Mac Engel was forced to make clutch saves during the scoreless first period. At the other end, Victoria keeper Jared Rathjen was also a standout during the first period, including two big stops in the final 10 seconds.

The Chiefs opened the scoring in the second when Gal and Kuhn went in two-on-one and Gal scored on a bounce off of Rathjen.

Spokane made it 2-0 with under five minutes to go in the period when they broke in shorthanded and Stewart poked the puck in after a nice passing play.

Kichton put the Chiefs up by three just 90 seconds later when he wristed a low one in from the high slot.

The middle period was Engel's chance to shine, the Spokane goalie making two sparkling glove saves and several other big-league stops.

Spokane got their second short-handed goal of the game when Stewart converted a Kuhn pass.

Aviati crashed the net to make it 5-0 shortly after, putting the game way out of reach for the Royals.

Hodges added a late goal for the Royals to break Engel's shutout bid, while Uher added more insurance for the Chiefs.

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