Portland Winterhawks (3) vs Spokane Chiefs (1)
Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Portland, OR– Tuesday, April 3rd
Kieffer Bellows scored the game-winning goal with just 4:39 remaining in the third period to break a 1-1 tie, and the Winterhawks went on to beat the Chiefs 3-1.
With the victory, the Hawks win the best-of-seven series 4-3, and advance to the second-round to take on the Everett Silvertips.
Portland got on the board first in the opening frame, with Cody Glass tipping home a Skyler McKenzie shot on the powerplay to make it 1-0. Portland would hold that lead into the second period.
In the middle frame, Ty Smith fired a shot from the blueline that bounced off a Winterhawks player infront and past Cole Kehler to tie things at one.
The game would remain tied into the third period. Both Cole Kehler and Chiefs netminder Dawson Weatherill made several big saves to keep the game knotted at one. But with under five minutes remaining in the third, Cody Glass found Kieffer Bellows in the slot, and he fired it past Weatherill to give Portland a one-goal lead. After a Zach Fischer penalty gave Portland a powerplay, Bellows nearly scored on a partial-breakaway, but Skyler McKenzie was there to bang in the rebound to make it 3-1 Winterhawks.
The Chiefs would pull Weatherill late but it wasn’t enough, as the Hawks held on for the 3-1 victory. Cole Kehler picked up the win and made 30 saves on the night.
With the win, the Hawks defeat the Chiefs 4-3 in the best-of-seven first-round series.
The Winterhawks continue their postseason against the Everett Silvertips for Round 2 on Friday April 6th and 7th on the road, and return home April 10th for game 3. Tickets on sale here, and single game and group tickets now on sale.
- 1st @ 9:38 – POR – Cody Glass (3), Skyler McKenzie, Henri Jokiharju (PP)
- 2nd @ 11:31 – SPO – Ty Smith (2), Hudson Elynuik
- 3rd @ 15:21 – POR – Kieffer Bellows (2), Dennis Cholowski, Cody Glass,
- 3rd @ 17:37 – POR – Skyler McKenzie (2), Kieffer Bellows, Cody Glass (PP)
SHOTS ON GOAL:
POR: Cole Kehler 30 saves
SPO: Dawson Weatherill with 31 saves