SPOKANE, Wash. - Within the U.S. Division, the Spokane Chiefs haven't had much luck so far this season, with three of their four losses coming at the hands of the usual suspects.
Saturday night could be an important turnaround for the Chiefs in that respect.
Off to a franchise-best start after 14 games, the streaking Chiefs (10-2-1-1) reached seven straight wins with a 2-0 Western Hockey League victory over the division rival Seattle Thunderbirds.
The Chiefs got on the board early in the first period when Ryan Letts and Curtis Kelner, who assisted on both goals, set up Chris Langkow's second goal of the season, even strength at five minutes.
The second and final score of the game came midway through the penalty-filled second on the tail end of a power play.
Kelner dished the puck to Jared Cowen, the highly rated defenceman taken first overall by Spokane in the 2006 WHL Bantam Draft, who wristed the shot into the left pocket past Seattle (6-2-2-1) goalie Jacob DeSerres at 11:35 for his third goal of the season.
Spokane goalie Dustin Tokarski, who earned his first shutout of the season and is second in the league with 1.98 average in seven games, finished with 26 saves as Spokane killed all seven Thunderbird power plays, including three in the opening period.
DeSerres finished with 22 saves for Seattle.