The Spokane Chiefs opened the 2011 WHL Playoffs with a 3-2 overtime win over the Chilliwack Bruins in game one of their Western Conference best of 7 opening round playoff series. Darren Kramer scored the game winner on his second goal of the night at the 10 minute mark of overtime.
Kramer opened the scoring by converting a Brenden Kichton feed on the power play at 7:11 of the second period to break a scoreless tie and give Spokane a 1-0 lead. Chilliwack would respond with two goals just 37 seconds apart midway through the period by Mike Forsyth and Jamie Crooks to take a 2-1 lead after two periods.
Tyler Johnson would bring the Chiefs back even 3:45 into the third period as he took a Dominick Uher pass and snapped a shot past Bruin goalie Lucas Gore to tie the game at two. Gore would turn aside 55 Spokane shots in regulation to send the game into overtime.
Kramer would score the game winner after taking a Collin Valcourt pass netfront and sliding the puck through the pads of Gore. Spokane outshot Chilliwack 63-24 in the contest, including 6-0 in overtime. Spokane’s power play went 1-4, while the penalty kill was 6-6.
Spokane and Chilliwack will play game two of their series Saturday night at 7pm in Chilliwack. Mike Boyle will have the call on 1510 AM KGA, beginning with Comcast Hockey Tonight at 6:30pm.