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Porter Records Second-Straight Shutout as Chiefs Blank Ams

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SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane Chiefs goaltender James Porter Jr. recorded his second shutout in as many games on Saturday night as the Chiefs shutout the rival Tri-City Americans, 6-0 in front of over 9,600 at Spokane Arena.

Following a scoreless first period, the floodgates opened in the second as the Chiefs outshot the Americans 20-2, scoring four. Second-year forward Jack Finley weaved through a trio of Tri-City defenders and fired one in from the slot 54 seconds into the frame to put Spokane up 1-0.

The 2020 NHL Draft prospect struck again at 2:13, tipping one past Americans netminder Talyn Boyko with the Chiefs on the power play to make it 2-0. Spokane added scores from Brandon Reller and Luke Toporowski before the period expired, taking a 4-0 lead into the second break.

The Chiefs added scores by NHL prospects Adam Beckman (Minnesota Wild) and Ty Smith (New Jersey Devils) in the third period as they held Tri-City scoreless to secure the shutout and earn their fourth-straight win. The two-goal effort from Finley gives him six points (3G, 3A) over his last two games. 

Porter ended the night a perfect 25-of-25 in net while Boyko was 38-of-44. Porter has not allowed a goal in 155:14 of ice time dating back to a January 25 appearance against the Americans. The Chiefs converted 1-of-3 power play chances and held the Americans 0-for-2.

The Chiefs get right back into action as they face the Everett Silvertips on Sunday, February 9 for the 50th Anniversary Allan Cup Celebration. The 1st 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a commemorative Spokane Chiefs poster courtesy of Avista Utilities.

Tickets for Sunday night and all Chiefs home games are available online and via the Chiefs’ Ticket Office, over the phone at 509-535-PUCK and in-person at Spokane Arena during regular business hours.

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