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Spokane’s top guns took over against the Swift Current Broncos on Wednesday night.
Mitch Holmberg and Mike Aviani both scored twice to lead the Spokane Chiefs to a 5-1 win over the Broncos last night.
Holmberg’s goals were his 13th and 14h of the season. That’s good enough for top spot in the WHL scoring race. He also added two assists to his totals.
Aviani scored his 10th and 11th of the season.
Their goals also came at key times. Already up 1-0 on a Holmbreak breakaway goal, he was sprung on the penalty kill to score a momentum killing shorthanded marker with only 18 seconds to play in the first period. Dominic Zwenger then scored only 1:04 into the second period to put Spokane in a very comfortable position.
Tanner LeSann had the lone goal for the Broncos to cut Spokane’s lead to 3-1 late in the second period. Dillon Heatherington’s point shot was blocked, but the Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick got the puck back and carried it to the corner before setting LeSann up for a one-timer and his 3rd of the season.
That’s as close as the Broncos would get. They had a flurry of chances early in the third period and couldn’t beat Wiliams to close the gap. Spokane then took advantage of two power plays to extend their lead to 5-1 on Aviani’s goals.
The Chiefs went 2 for 5 on the man advantage, while the Broncos were 0 for 2.
Eetu Laurikainen made 28 saves in a losing cause. Former Prince Albert Raider Eric Williams stopped 26 of the 27 shots he faced in the Spokane goal.
It was the first of five games in seven nights for the Broncos. They’re in Portland on Friday, Seattle on Saturday, Everett on Sunday and visit the Tri-City Americans on Tuesday. You can hear all the games on The Eagle 94.1 FM.