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Bruton and Blackwater score for Chiefs in 2-0 win over Giants

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VANCOUVER - Chris Bruton scored the only goal Spokane needed and Judd Blackwater added an empty-netter as the Chiefs downed the Vancouver Giants 2-0 in Western Hockey League action Sunday night.

Blackwater ensured the win with his goal at 19:52 of the third period after Bruton put Spokane ahead 1-0 in the second.

The Chiefs posted their fifth victory while improving to 8-2-1-1.

The loss ended Vancouver's winning streak at five games. The defending Memorial Cup champion Giants saw their record fall to 9-2-1-1 as they suffered only their second setback in regulation time.

Spokane outshot the Giants 27-18 while going scoreless on two power play chances. The Giants were blanked on four man-advantage situations.

The Chiefs held the Giants to only one shot in the last nine minutes of the game.

Tyler Johnson's hooking penalty gave Vancouver a power play with 3:55 left in the game, but the Giants did not record a single shot during the entire two minutes against a tenacious Spokane penalty-killing unit.

Spokane outshot Vancouver 12-6 in a scoreless first period. Bruton gave the Chiefs a 1-0 lead at 7:41 of the second as he beat Vancouver goaltender Tyson Sexsmith on a wrist shot while waging a one-on-one battle with Giants defenceman Justin Palazzo.

Vancouver's Mitch Czibere had a chance to tie the score about seven and a half minutes later, but the puck clanged off the post after he put it past Spokane goaltender Kevin Armstrong from a sharp angle.

Sexsmith robbed Bruton on what looked like a sure goal with only 12.4 seconds left in the middle frame, snaring the Spokane captain's one-timer from in close.

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