WHL Playoffs: Chiefs go up 2-0 with 5-2 win over Hurricanes - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

WHL Playoffs: Chiefs go up 2-0 with 5-2 win over Hurricanes

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Chiefs took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven WHL Championship Final on Saturday night with a 5-2 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes in front of 7,815 fans in the Spokane Arena.

Games three, four and, if necessary, five will be played on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday respectively in Lethbridge next week. All three games can be seen live on Comcast channel 78 at 6:00 each night or heard live on 1510 KGA with the voice of the Chiefs, Mike Boyle.

The Chiefs struck first when Judd Blackwater scored his 10th of the playoffs from below the goal line at 2:04 of the first period. Ondrej Roman's pass on a two on one was too far out of the reach of Blackwater but the 20-year-old and chased the puck down and flipped it toward the net where it hit Juha Metosla in the pad and banked into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. In 19 playoff games, the Chiefs have scored the first goal of the game in 17 of them and have now won 14 of those.

54-seconds later Mitch Wahl slipped into the left post and tipped a perfect Jared Spurgeon pass from the top of the right circle into the back of the net for a 2-0 Spokane lead.

The Hurricanes thought they had their first of the night at 16:25 when Zach Boychuk beat a Chiefs defenseman to the puck and eventually the net. The goal was disallowed by the WHL's video replay system as it was ruled that he had "a distinct kicking motion" at the puck. It was the first time in the series that the league used instant replay to review a play.

Lethbridge didn't have to wait to long after to get their first official of the night when Boychuk tallied at 19:37 and make it a one goal game through 20-minutes.

In the second, Trevor Glass flopped the puck off the left wing boards where David Rutherford's speed created a mini-breakaway on Metsola. The 20-year-old went to the forehand and slipped it between the post and the goaltender's pads for a 3-1 lead through two periods.

Boychuk scored his second of the night at 1:11 of the third when he swatted the puck out of the air to make it a one goal game.

Drayson Bowman's team leading 11th of the post-season gave the Chiefs a 4-2 lead at 3:48 of the third when he blasted a slap shot from the right circle that Metsola couldn't hang onto with his glove and trickled in over the line. Roman pushed it to 5-2 at 9:21 with his eighth of the post-season.

Spokane outshot the Hurricanes 31-24 and Dustin Tokarski made 22 saves for his 14th win of the post-season.

(www.spokanechiefs.com)
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