Spokane Spoils a Comeback Effort

Ben Ludeman

Portland Winterhawks (1) vs Spoanke Chiefs (4)

Spokane Center- Spokane, WA– Friday, October 26th

The Winterhawks comeback hopes fell short in Spokane as the Chiefs win 4-1 in their return home.

Playing in their first home game in 20 days, Spokane found the back of the net twice in the opening 20 minutes. Carter Chorney skated up on the left wing side and scored on a screened wrister to open the offense at the 13 minute mark of the game. A little over a minute later, the Chiefs cashed in on a shorthanded goal, the team’s first shorthanded goal of the year. Before the period concluded, Dante Giannuzzi made a phenomenal, highlight-worthy paddle stop to rob the Chiefs on an odd man rush.

Despite the Hawks efforts in the second period, Spokane was able to tack on another one; this time on the power play. Through two periods, Portland out shot the Chiefs 25-12 and Bailey Brkin turned them all aside.

Joachim Blichfeld found a bright spot for the Hawks by deflecting in a Brendan De Jong blue line shot to keep the game close at 3-1. This time, however, the Hawks did not have enough to come back on the road. Nolan Reid added a late goal to cap off the 4-1 Spokane win.

Goaltender Bailey Brkin finished the night with a season high 36 saves and was recognized as the first star of the game. Spokane played spoilers to Dante Giannuzzi’s first career Western Hockey League start. The Winnipeg goaltender made 18 stops in his Portland debut.

The Hawks travel to back home for back-to-back home games on Saturday, October 27th and Sunday, October 28th against the Kamloops Blazers. Individual tickets are now on sale. Be sure to visit for full details on pricing and availability.

Scoring Summary:

  • 1st @ 13:33 – SPO – Carter Chorney (4), Mike Ladyman, Luke Toporowski 
  • 1st @ 14:42 – SPO – Eli Zummack (6), Nolan Reid
  • 2nd @ 13:57 – SPO – Adam Beckman (7), Egor Arbuzov, Nolan Reid
  • 3rd @ 0:42 – POR – Joachim Blichfeld (9), Brendan DeJong, Reece Newkirk
  • 3rd @ 14:29 – SPO – Nolan Reid (2), Ty Smith, Riley Woods


POR: 37

SPO: 22


POR: 0/5

SPO: 1/6


POR: Dante Giannuzzi with 18 saves

SPO: Bailey Brkin with 36 saves

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