SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs came up empty in their bid for a third-straight win on Friday night as they fell 6-3 to the Portland Winterhawks.
The Winterhawks got on the board first at 5:04, but the Chiefs responded at 13:28 when a face off from the right circle found its way to Filip Kral, who fired it home from the high slot to tie it up at 1-1. The goal gave Kral a point in three-straight games and eight of the last nine.
Portland scored a power play goal from Johnny Ludvig at 16:18 to enter the intermission leading 2-1, then added another from Cross Hanas at 12:53 of the second to make it 3-1.
Spokane chipped back within one at 14:40 of the period when Cordel Larson came out ahead on a scrum in front of Portland goaltender Joel Hofer, backhanding in his second of the season to make it 3-2.
Portland regained a two-goal advantage at 6:13 of the third when second-year forward Seth Jarvis converted on a penalty shot, then made it 5-2 at 7:34 with a goal from Jake Gricius.
Luke Toporowski picked up his second in as many games at 8:32, popping one home off a perfect cross-crease feed from Kral to make it at 5-3 game. Gricius added a goal at 15:21 to give him five points on the night and seal the 6-3 victory.
Chiefs goaltender Campbell Arnold was 27-for-33 for the Chiefs while Hofer went 32-for-35 for the Winterhawks. Spokane was held 0-for-3 on the power play while Portland went 1-for-4.
Spokane looks to bounce back on Saturday night as the host the reigning WHL Champion Prince Albert Raiders at 7:05 p.m.
The Chiefs return to action tomorrow night as they take on the Prince Albert Raiders right back at Spokane Arena for Avista “Way to Save” Poster Giveaway. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive the first of five commemorative Spokane Chiefs posters to be given away this season courtesy of Avista Utilities.
Tickets for this Saturday and all Chiefs home games are available online, over the phone at 509-535-PUCK or in-person at the Chiefs’ Ticket Office at Spokane Arena.