Despite 37 saves from goalie Dawson Weatherill, the Spokane Chiefs couldn’t solve Portland goalie Cole Kehler, as he turned away 43 Spokane shots leading the Winterhawks to a 3-0 win over the Chiefs Tuesday night in Portland. The loss was the third straight for Spokane against their U.S. Division rivals and was the first time the Chiefs had been shutout this season.
Portland got on the board on a Kiefer Bellows goal 6:40 into the game on an odd man rush. Spokane turned aside a five-minute Winterhawk power play in the period as Weatherill recorded 15 saves in the first stanza. Portland would expand their lead to 2-0 in the second as Alex Overhardt scored a short handed goal on a Spokane power play. The Hawks would cap the scoring on a Brad Ginnell breakaway late in the third.
The Chiefs power play went 0-for-5 on the night, while the penalty kill was a perfect 2-for-2. The loss dropped Spokane into third place in the U.S. Division behind Portland and Seattle, who is now a point ahead of the Chiefs after a shootout win over Vancouver Tuesday. The Chiefs return home to open a four-game homestand Friday night when they host the B.C. Division-leading Victoria Royals. Mike Boyle will have the call on 1510 KGA starting with the pre-game show at 6:30 p.m. and the puck drop at 7:05 p.m.
The Chiefs’ next home games are Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14. Saturday night is Leinenkugel’s HOCKtoberfest and Leavenworth Trip Giveaway at the Arena, with pre-game festivities starting inside at 4 p.m.
Tickets for next Friday, Saturday and all Chiefs home games are available in-person at the Chiefs’ Ticket Office, over the phone at 509-535-PUCK and online at spokanechiefs.com.