Chiefs equalize in semi series

Spokane Chiefs even WHL Western Conference semifinal series with 3-2 OT win against Tri-City Americans.

Dylan Walchuk’s Spokane Chiefs pulled even with the Tri-City Americans in their Western Hockey League Western Conference semifinal series with a 3-2 win in Game 4 Friday night at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.

Walchuk, a former Vernon Viper, was a plus-2 in the win, which was secured by Dominik Uher’s overtime winner. Collin Valcourt and Mitch Holmberg scored for Spokane in regulation.

Adam Hughesman and Derek Ryckman answered for Tri-City.

The Americans entertained the Chiefs in Game 5 Saturday night, with Game 6 slated for Monday in Spokane.

Meanwhile, Curtis Lazar’s Edmonton Oil Kings will battle the Moose Jaw Warriors for the WHL Eastern Conference title starting with Game 1 Friday in Edmonton.

Lazar, a 17-year-old Vernon product, leads all WHL rookies with four goals and six assists in eight playoff games.

The Oil Kings swept the Brandon Wheat Kings in their Eastern semi.

The Brooks Bandits were one win away from securing the Alberta Junior Hockey League title heading into Game 6 against the host Fort MacMurray Oil Barons Saturday night.

Dakota Mason and R.J. Reed each recorded a goal and assist as the Bandits iced the Oil Barons 4-1 in Game 5 Thursday night in Brooks to take a 3-2 series lead.

The AJHL winner will host the BCHL champion Penticton Vees in the Doyle Cup regional series, starting with Game 1 Friday.