Chiefs fall at home, snap two game winning streak

Chief’s win lottery, will select first overall in 2015 draft
Chief's win lottery, will select first overall in 2015 draft

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs couldn’t climb out of an early hole on Tuesday night at Spokane Arena, falling by a score of 6-3 to the Kamloops Blazers.

The Blazers took the lead early, scoring twice in 30 seconds as the first period came to a close. Forward Orrin Centazzo scored his second of the night at 2:43 of the second and assisted on Logan Stankoven’s 16th of the season less than a minute later to give Kamloops a 4-0 lead under four minutes into the second.

The Chiefs cut the deficit in half to close out the second period as Michael King clapped his eighth of the year under the cross bar and team captain Ty Smith found a path through traffic to make it 4-2 Kamloops headed in the second intermission.

Just 25 seconds into the third period, Centazzo connected for his third of the night, securing his first career hat trick. Following a shorthanded goal by Kamloops captain Zane Franklin that made it 6-2, Minnesota Wild prospect Adam Beckman closed the gap to 6-3 with his 18th marker in his last 14 games. The score gave Beckman 31 on the season as he now leads the WHL in goals scored.

Spokane split goaltending duties between Lukas Parik, who started the game and was 15-of-18 in 22:43, and James Porter Jr., who finished the game for the Chiefs and was 16-of-19 in 37:17. Rayce Ramsay finished the game 28-of-31 in the net for Kamloops. Spokane was held 0-for-4 on the power play while Kamloops went 1-for-3.

Chiefs forward Eli Zummack saw his 17-game point streak snapped as he was held off the scoresheet for the first time since Nov. 27. His streak marks the longest by a Chief since the 2013-14 season, when Mitch Holmberg also picked up a point in 17-straight.