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Offense Came Alive as Giannuzzi Wins his First WHL Game

Rebekah Bing

Portland Winterhawks (8) vs Spokane Chiefs (6)

Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena- Spokane, WA– Sunday, November 4th

The Winterhawks capped off a six-point weekend with a road victory against the Spokane Chiefs and improved to 10-6-0-1 on the season.

It was a barn burner of a game in Spokane this Sunday, where the Hawks and Chiefs exchanged leads six times over the course of the evening, with Portland eventually emerging victorious.

Spokane kicked off the scoring, as Riley Woods picked up his 11th goal of the year to give his team an early first period lead. That score would not stand long, however, as Jake Gricius beat Spokane’s Bailey Brkin cleanly with a shot from the top of the right circle.

Portland took the next lead of the game on a power play, as Lane Gilliss neatly stripped the puck from a Spokane defender and took a shot from the slot to make it 2-1. The Chiefs, however, would negate the lead just a few minutes later with a power play goal of their own. Rookie forward Adam Beckman found himself in the right place at the right time and batted a puck past Portland’s Shane Farkas to make it 2-2. Moments later, an odd man rush for Spokane resulted in a shot trickling through Farkas’ pads and sitting in the crease, where Ethan McIndoe swept it in to give the Chiefs a 3-2 lead.

The Hawks were able to pick up the equalizer before the end of the first period, as John Ludvig sprung Jaydon Dureau on a breakaway. Dureau was hooked, and the officials awarded him a penalty shot. He buried to make it a 3-3 game going into the second period.

Spokane would get off to the better start in the middle frame, as they scored twice within half a minute to take a 5-3 lead. Rookie goaltender Dante Giannuzzi relieved Shane Farkas at the 12:42 mark of the second period. Jake Gricius scored on the power play late in the second to make it 5-4.

It took the Hawks just four minutes to tie the game in the third period, as Joachim Blichfeld cleaned up a puck atop of the crease to make it 5-5. Shortly after, Spokane’s Nolan Reid would give the Chiefs their last lead of their night before the Hawks scored three unanswered goals to finish the game.

After a huge John Ludvig hit drew a penalty, Ryan Hughes cashed in on a power play goal for the equalizer. Reece Newkirk scored the eventual game-winning goal on the ensuing power play. Joachim Blichfeld would add an empty net goal to make it an 8-6 Portland victory.

Giannuzzi earned his first career Western Hockey League victory, stopping seven shots in a relief appearance and took home the title of hardest worker of the night.

The Hawks return home for Military Salute on November 10th against the Kelowna Rockets. Individual tickets are now on sale. Be sure to visit winterhawks.com/tickets for full details on pricing and availability.

Scoring Summary:

  • 1st @ 3:18 – SPO – Riley Woods (11), Ethan McIndoe, Jake McGrew
  • 1st @ 5:01 – POR – Jake Gricius (8), John Ludvig, Jared Freadrich
  • 1st @ 9:01 – POR – Lane Gilliss (2) (PP)
  • 1st @ 12:19 – SPO – Adam Beckman (8), Luke ToporowskiJake McGrew (PP)
  • 1st @ 13:56 – SPO – Ethan McIndoe (4), Carter Chorney, Riley Woods
  • 1st @ 18:09 – POR – Jaydon Dureau (2) (Penalty Shot)
  • 2nd @ 12:13 – SPO – Luke Toporowski (4), Filip Kral, Egor Arbuzov
  • 2nd @ 12:42 – SPO – Riley Woods (12), Ethan McIndoe, Jake McGrew
  • 2nd @ 15:22 – POR – Jake Gricius (9), Jared Freadrich, Joachim Blichfeld (PP)
  • 3rd @ 4:04 – POR – Joachim Blichfeld (13), Reece Newkirk, Ryan Hughes
  • 3rd @ 5:41 – SPO Nolan Reid (3), Riley Woods
  • 3rd @ 6:18 – POR – Ryan Hughes (6), Jared Freadrich, Joachim Blichfeld (PP)
  • 3rd @ 17:00 – POR – Reece Newkirk (10), Joachim Blichfeld, Jared Freadrich (PP)
  • 3rd @ 19:27 – POR – Joachim Blichfeld (14), Ryan Hughes, John Ludvig (EN)

SHOTS ON GOAL:

POR: 53

SPO: 23

POWER-PLAY:

POR: 4/7

SPO: 1/4

SAVES:

POR: Shane Farkas with 13 saves in 32 minutes

POR: Dante Giannuzi with 7 saves in 28 minutes

SPO:  Bailey Brkin with 45 saves

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