SPOKANE, Wash. - Marek Kalus scored twice and the Spokane Chiefs closed out a perfect seven-game homestand with a 6-1 rout against the Victoria Royals in the Western Hockey League on Wednesday night.
Mitch Holmberg, with his fourth goal, and Kalus scored 34 seconds apart before the game was four minutes old.
After Steven Hodges notched his sixth goal for the Royals () midway through the period, Dominik Uher and rookie Connor Chartier scored 40 seconds apart to close out the first period 4-1.
The Chiefs fired 13 shots in the opening 20 minutes against 17-year old Victoria goalie Jared Rathjen in his first start.
?We just came out a lot more prepared this time,? said Chartier. ?Everyone was ready to go. Don was getting on us for slow starts. Everyone knew they had to come prepared.?
Victoria, which was the Chilliwack Bruins last year, was just coming off a 5-4 win at Tri-City.
?We pounced on them, came out of the first period with a 4-1 lead and that?s a tough mountain to climb," said Spokane coach Don Nachbaur.
Kalus had the lone goal of the second period, a pretty tic-tac-toe play with Jarid Hauptman and Mike Aviani.
Collin Valcourt picked up the only goal in the final frame.
Defensively the Chiefs (8-2-1) just smothered the Royals (8-7-0), who got just 13 shots.
???We were playing the right way,??? said defenceman Reid Gow. ???Defence is always our pride. We hold teams to low shots and low goals because we work so hard.???