Feb. 6, 2013 - Spokane, Wash
The Spokane Chiefs defeated the Kelowna Rockets 5-0 in Spokane on Wednesday night, handing the Rockets its first loss in regulation since Dec. 16.
The Chiefs scored three times in the first period and added two more in the second en route to the win, which dropped Kelowna to 40-11-3-1 on the season.
Mitch Holmberg had a goal and an assist to lead the attack for the Chiefs, who outshot Kelowna 38-33. Five different Chiefs players hit the scoresheet.
"There is no doubt in my mind that we had 20 hockey players tonight that were looking at a different game," said Rockets' assistant coach Dan Lambert on the AM1150 post game show, alluding to an upcoming two game set with Portland this weekend.
"Our guys put their focus on the next game and not this one. They felt that they were going to come in here put their skates on and get a win. You have to respect the game of hockey and in this league you can't do that. Hopefully its a lesson for our team."
The Rockets return to Kelowna for a much anticipated two game set this weekend at Prospera Place as the Rockets and Winterhawks will play Friday and Saturday nights in Kelowna.
Interestingly, the Winterhawks also lost on Wednesday, dropping a 4-3 decision to Calgary in Portland.
Tickets remain available for the games on Friday and Saturday. As of Wednesday, close to 1,000 tickets were available for each game.
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