Hawks Fall 5-2 to Chiefs in Spokane; Game 7 Tomorrow in Portland
Portland Winterhawks (2) vs Spokane Chiefs (5)
Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena – Spokane, WA– Monday, April 2nd
The Hawks couldn’t quite overcome a tough start, and ended up falling 5-2 to the Chiefs on Monday night in Spokane. With the Chiefs victory, the best-of-seven series is now tied at three, with Game 7 tomorrow in Portland.
After an evenly matched opening 15 minutes, the Chiefs scored twice in 14 seconds with just over three minutes left in the first period to go up 2-0 after 20 minutes.
In the second, Portland got back within one, with captain Keoni Texeira dancing around Nolan Reid and finding Mason Mannek in the slot, who beat Dawson Weatherill. For Mannek, it was his third goal of the playoffs. The Chiefs would respond, with Ty Smith beating Cole Kehler on a three-on-two to give Spokane their two-goal lead back. Then, on the powerplay, Ethan McIndoe fired home a shot to make it 4-1 Chiefs after 40 minutes.
Portland would come out firing in the third, with Henri Jokiharju sniping a wrister past Weatherill to get Portland back within two. The Hawks would press for the remainder of the period, outshooting the Chiefs 13 to 3, but Weatherill stood tall for Spokane. Luke Toporowski would score one late, to eventually make it a 5-2 final.
Cole Kehler 22 saves on the night.
- 1st @ 16:29 – SPO – Jake McGrew (2), Eli Zummack
- 1st @ 16:43 – SPO Eli Zummack (2), Tyson Helgesen, Jake McGrew
- 2nd @ 3:42 – POR – Mason Mannek (3), Keoni Texeira, Dennis Cholowski (PP)
- 2nd @ 7:52 – SPO – Ty Smith (1), Tyson Helgesen, Jaret Anderson-Dolan
- 2nd @ 13:50 – SPO – Ethan McIndoe (2), Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Ty Smith (PP)
- 3rd @ 4:09 – POR – Henri Jokiharju (2), Lane Gilliss, Skyler McKenzie
- 3rd @ 16:39 – SPO – Luke Toporowski (2), Hudson Elynuik, Kailer Yamamoto
SHOTS ON GOAL:
POR: Cole Kehler 22 saves
SPO: Dawson Weatherill with 31 saves