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Spokane Chiefs score early and hang on to beat Kootenay Ice 5-2

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CRANBROOK, B.C. - The Spokane Chiefs scored three first-period goals and went on to beat the Kootenay Ice 5-2 in WHL action Friday night.

Seth Compton scored early for the Chiefs with a wrist shot that hit the post and went in behind Ice goaltender Kris Lazaruk. Kootenay tied the game at the 15:28 mark with a 5-on-3 power-play goal by Michael Stickland.

Two minutes later, the Chiefs scored a power-play goal of their own by Chris Bruton with his 19th to regain the lead. Luke Betts scored his third of the season 17 seconds later, the eventual game-winner, to give the Chiefs (27-6-1-2) a 3-1 first period lead.

Kootenay (21-13-3-0) would cut the lead to one when Steve Da Silva score his 24th of the season, again on another 5-on-3 power play.

The Chiefs added third-period goals by Chris Langkow and Mitch Wahl to seal the win.

Dustin Tokarski stopped 19 of 21 shots to get the win while Kris Lazaruk turned aside 31 of 36 shots to take the loss.

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