PORTLAND, Ore. – Jaret Anderson-Dolan’s second goal of the game midway through the third period lifted the Spokane Chiefs to a 6-5 victory over the Portland Winterhawks on the road on Saturday night. The victory was the first for Spokane in four games against Portland this season and brought the Chiefs within two points of the Hawks for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference of the Western Hockey League.
Spokane took a 1-0 lead just 1:24 into the game when Riley Woods scored his second goal as a Chief on the team’s first shot of the game, beating starting goalie Cole Kehler from the left circle. Portland would even the contest on Skyler McKenzie’s first goal of the night just 31 seconds later to make it 1-1. Anderson-Dolan would score his first of the night at 9:01 on a shot from the right wing placed just inside the far post to put the Chiefs up 2-1. Keanu Yamamoto would then score his first of the evening 54 seconds later with a goal just after a faceoff in the Portland zone to give Spokane a 3-1 advantage after one.
The Chiefs would expand the lead to 4-1 on an Eli Zummack power play goal at 4:11 of the second period as the rookie forward deflected a Hudson Elynuik shot. Portland would roar back as they would score three goals in 2:50 early in the second to tie the game at 4. Yamamoto would get the lead back for Spokane with his second of the game at 11:57, taking advantage of an uncharacteristic turnover by defenseman Seth Jones to put the Chiefs ahead 5-4 after two periods. After failing to score on a power play midway through the third period, the Chiefs would get the game winner when Anderson-Dolan fired home another blazing wrist shot from the left wing on a 2-on-1 rush at 11:57 of the third to put Spokane ahead 6-4. Portland would score with an extra skater in the final two minutes but would draw no closer as goalie Dawson Weatherill turned aside 38 shots on the night to pick up his seventh win of the year.
Portland out shot Spokane 43-25 in the game. The Chiefs were 1-4 on the power play while going 6-7 on the penalty kill. Spokane will finish off their four games in five nights road trip through the U.S. Division in Seattle on Sunday at 5:05 p.m. Mike Boyle will have the call on 1510 KGA NW Sports Talk starting with the pre-game show at 4:30 p.m.