It was another long night in Spokane, the 2nd in as many weeks for the Blazers at Spokane Arena.
Again, undisciplined play led to four PP goals by the Chiefs in a 10-5 win. They scored on their first PP just 1:53 into the game.
The Chiefs just don't let up. Whether it's 2-1 or 10-1, they keep coming. They're a good squad. The best "team" in the Western Conference right now. Head Coach Don Nachbaur has his players going. All the time, for 60 minutes.
The Blazers play is made them look like world beaters though. Head Coach Guy Charron pointed a finger at the defense last night in our post-game show. He said they're not getting the job done.
Jeff Bosch was yanked after five goals against on 41 shots - midway thru the 2nd period. Cam Lanigan played the rest of the way also surrendering five goals - three of them came on partial breakaways.
The Blazers will likely be without Chase Schaber again. He was given a game misconduct for what the referee deemed an inappropriate gesture following a dust-up with D Brendon Kichton in the first period. Schaber engaged Kichton in a fight after a check on JT Barnett.
The 64 shots allowed was easily the most they've given up all season. There was a lot of 2nd and 3rd opportunities that added to the total.
Young D Brady Gaudet finished the night with his first career WHL hat-trick. His season goal total jumped from one to four following a trio of longer, screened shots from the left point that found their way into the Chiefs' goal.
The other two goals were also from unlikely sources as F Ryan Hanes collected his third of the season and F Shayne Neigum scored his first of the season to round out the scoring in the the third period.
In all, it was a rough night for the BC division. Four of the five division teams all lost. The lone exception was Chilliwack who posted a 4-1 win in Medicine Hat.
It's expected the league will rule on a suspension for F Jordan DePape on Monday. I shared a few words with DePape on Sunday. He was very excited to hear that Bronco F Killian Hutt was OK and has re-joined his team.
DePape didn't make the trip to Spokane.
The Blazers are back on the road early in the week. They head to Portland for a Wednesday game. Following that game, they make a long trek north to Prince George to finish up the first half of the season with a pair of games against the Cougars.