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Mario Bliznak scores the shootout winner as the Giants win 2-1 over Spokane

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Mario Bliznak scored the only shootout goal as the defending Memorial Cup-champion Vancouver Giants avenged their Oct. 21 2-0 loss to the Spokane Chiefs with a 2-1 WHL victory on Saturday night.

The Chiefs' nine-game winning streak, second longest in franchise history, came to an end with the loss.

Vancouver goalie Tyson Sexsmith, a 2007 San Jose draft pick, stopped 25 shots after a rough Friday night outing in which the Giants fell 8-2 at Tri-City.

After a scoreless first, Vancouver's Mike Reich was called for a high sticking penalty that gave the Chiefs their third power play of the game. Chiefs captain Chris Bruton received Drayson Bowman's face-off pass and popped the puck in to put Spokane on the board at three minutes, 46 seconds.

The Chiefs (12-2-1-2) allowed the Giants (12-4-1-2) eight shots in the first two periods.

They gave up the game-tying goal early in the third when Bliznak picked up a rebound on the left side and slotted it into the upper right corner past Spokane goalie Kevin Armstrong, who had won his previous six starts, including the shutout in Vancouver.

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