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Portland Drops Weekend Opener to Spokane

Matt Wolfe

The Portland Winterhawks made an offensive push in the third period, but dropped the final meeting of the regular season to Spokane 5-2. Portland out-shot the visitors 21 to 7 in the final period.

The Chiefs scored four unanswered goals to open the night and the Hawks ran into a tough goaltender in the weekend opener. Bailey Brkin stopped a season-high 50 shots in the win.

Johnny Ludvig is finding his offensive flair with three goals and four assists in his last nine games. He scored the team’s first of the night in the third period. Joachim Blichfeld worked himself on the stat sheet with a power play goal and an assist to give him 105 points on the season.

Portland turns its attention to a two-game series in Kelowna on Saturday and Sunday, a team the Hawks beat twice at home earlier this year.

NOTABLES:

  • Blichfeld is now eight goals shy of 60 on the season with seven games to play. Only one Winterhawk player (Oliver Bjorkstrand) has reached that mark in the last 30 years.
  • Blichfeld and Jake Gricius accounted for 21 of the team’s shots.
  • The last time Bailey Brkin stopped 50 shots was in November 2017 when he was with the Kootenay Ice. Oddly enough, it was against the Winterhawks, and Portland won the game 5-2.
  • Spokane’s Riley Woods (G-2A) and Filip Kral (3A) each had three point nights for the Chiefs.

THE BOX SCORE (Click the hyperlink to find all the scoring details)

SHOTS ON GOAL:

POR: 52
SPO: 35

POWER PLAY:

POR: 1/6
SPO: 2/4

SAVES:

POR: Joel Hofer with 30 saves.
SPO: Bailey Brkin with 50 saves.

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