PORTLAND, Ore. – Jochim Blichfeld scored the only goal in the shootout as the Portland Winterhawks rallied to a 5-4 win over the Spokane Chiefs Friday night in Portland, OR. Blichfeld scored the final three goals of the game as Portland came back from a 4-2 third period deficit to get the win. The victory moved Portland 10 points ahead of the Chiefs for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Spokane jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Hudson Elynuik’s 19th goal of the season 5:12 into the first period. Portland would even the game at one on a Cody Glass short handed goal at 15:06 of the period, but Spokane countered just 44 seconds later as Taylor Ross tipped in an Alex Mowbray shot to give the Chiefs a 2-1 lead after one. Spokane would extend the lead to 3-1 when Keanu Yamamoto scored his 20th of the year with a power play tally at 3:34 of the second period. Portland would cut the lead to 3-2 at 5:04, but Spokane re-took a two goal lead when Jaret Anderson-Dolan scored his 30th of the year to give the Chiefs a 4-2 lead after two. The goal was the 6th straight game Anderson-Dolan has put home a goal, the longest current streak in the league.
Portland would rally in the third, as Blichfeld scored on rebounds on 2 of Portland’s 20 shots in the period. His first goal at 7:51 made it 4-3, and then his second at 15:31 would tie the game at four and send the game to overtime. In the OT, Spokane out shot Portland 5-2, but failed to get the game winner. In the shootout, Blichfeld scored in round one to give the Winterhawks a 1-0 lead. Spokane failed to score in their three rounds, as Portland beat Spokane in a shootout for the second time this season. Portland now leads the season series 4-2, with all 6 games decided by just one goal apiece.
Spokane will return home to host the Tri City Americans Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. Mike Boyle will have the call on 790 KJRB with the pre-game show getting underway at 6:30 p.m. Saturday’s matchup will also be televised live on SWX, available on Comcast channel 112 and over-the-air channel 6.2.
Tickets for Saturday’s CenturyLink Buck Night & CheerStix Giveaway and all remaining Chiefs home games are available in-person at the Chiefs’ Ticket Office, over-the-phone at 509-535-PUCK and online at ticketswest.com or spokanechiefs.com.