SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs were turned away in their attempt to re-take a series lead against the Portland Winterhawks Wednesday night, falling 3-1 in game three of their first round playoff match-up.
The Chiefs came out physical and firing, putting several heavy hits on the Winterhawks and outshooting the visitors 16-8. The Winterhawks drew first blood, however, gaining the 1-0 lead on a Cody Glass score at 6:50 as the Vegas Golden Knights prospect fired one home from the right circle.
Spokane tied things up at 1-1 when Jaret Anderson-Dolan reached back to tuck one just inside the post from behind the net at 5:31 in the second period. Portland responded with a power play goal from Dennis Cholowski at 7:53, off a perfect feed from Glass, followed by a Joachim Blichfeld score at 11:30 to put the Winterhawks on top 3-1 heading into the second intermission.
Portland played a shutdown third period, outshooting the Chiefs 9-4 over the final 20 minutes as neither team scored.
Spokane’s Bailey Brkin made his third start in the series and made 27 saves, while Cole Kehler was 28-for-29 for the Winterhawks. Spokane went 0-for-4 on the power play and 1-for-4 on the penalty kill.
Portland leads the best-of-seven series 2-1 with game four scheduled for Thursday night at Spokane Arena. Game five will return to Portland on Saturday night.
The Chiefs take on the Portland Winterhawks again tomorrow night for game four of the best-of-seven opening round playoff match-up.
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