For the second-straight game, the Spokane Chiefs saw the Portland Winterhawks use a big second period to come away with a win over Spokane. After watching the Winterhawks score three goals in the second in Friday night’s 6-1 victory, Portland would put four in the net Sunday as the Hawks skated to a 7-2 victory over the Chiefs Sunday night at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. The win was Portland’s third straight as they passed the Chiefs into first place in the U.S. Division.
Portland scored two goals in the first 6:04 of the first period on Chiefs goalie Donovan Buskey, who was making his first start of the season. The Chiefs would counter midway through the period as Riley Woods scored his team high fourth goal of the year on a Jaret Anderson-Dolan feed to cut the margin to 2-1 Portland after one. Spokane would get 4 power play chances in the second period, including a 5 minute man advantage opportunity midway through the stanza, but would fail to score. Portland would score three goals in a 4:36 span in the second to take control of the game at 5-1 and would cap a four-goal period with a shorthanded goal during Spokane’s five-minute power play to lead 6-1 after two.
Portland would out shoot Spokane 18-6 in the third on their way to a 43-24 advantage in the game. The Winterhawks scored their final goal midway through the final period to go up 7-1 before Eli Zummack would cap the scoring with a rebound of a Jake McGrew shot at 13:09. The assist was McGrew’s first as a Chief, coming off his first goal in Friday night’s game with Portland. The Chiefs were 0-for-6 on the power play and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill as Spokane lost back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Spokane and Portland will play the last of 3 straight between the two Tuesday night at the Memorial Coliseum at 7:05 p.m. Mike Boyle will have the call on 1510 KGA NW Sports Talk starting with the pre-game show at 6:30 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.