(1090 The Fan) — After three wins in six nights versus Spokane, it would seem Seattle has the Chiefs’ number and wouldn’t mind playing its rival from the eastern edge of the state a few more times.
Especially if you ask Scott Eansor.
Three straight games against the Chiefs meant seeing a lot of Mitch Holmberg, the Western Hockey League’s leading scorer, for the Seattle forward.
Eansor, 17, recently has been playing on Seattle’s top line, typically alongside forwards Sam McKechnie and Jaimen Yakubowski. This obviously means matchups with the opponents’ top line, thus the extensive time with Holmberg.
“(Holmberg) is a great player, he’s very skilled, you can’t take your eyes off of him for a second,” Eansor said of Spokane’s 20-year-old forward who has 33 goals and 34 assists in 32 Chiefs games. Prior to Saturday’s loss, Spokane was 16-3 in games Holmberg had scored.
In the three contests, Eansor and his linemates held Holmberg and his high-scoring linemate Mike Aviani, to a total of three points. A paltry total for two players who entered the week with over 100 combined points through 29 contests.
What was the key?
“Working hard and doing all the little things right,” Eansor said. “The biggest thing is just making sure the puck is out, getting pucks in, and playing simple.
“It’s awesome, I love it,” Eansor said of the challenge. “(It’s) the best feeling in the world.”
Despite all the success he and his teammates have enjoyed over the past few weeks, Eansor is still searching for his first career WHL goal. How is he coping?
“It’s frustrating, but at the same time as long as we are winning, I’m happy, that’s all that matters to me,” said Eansor. “I do (have a celebration planned). I have nightmares, so we’ll see.”
Calvin Spencer Yet To Play For Seattle
A Thunderbird for a week now, Calvin Spencer is still awaiting his first minute of ice time.
Spencer, 17, is a right wing who signed late last Friday out of Minnesota.
Seattle might not be in any rush to get him going, considering its current 6-game win streak in which the team has scored 33 goals. The team is also still without forward Connor Honey, who hasn’t taken the ice since early October.
-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan
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