Winterhawks Down Chiefs; Tie Series at One
Portland Winterhawks (4) vs Spokane Chiefs (3)
Veterans Memorial Coliseum– Portland, OR– Sunday, March 25th
The Winterhawks scored four unanswered goals to start the game, and eventually took down the Chiefs 4-3 on Sunday at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum to tie the best-of-seven series at one.
Kieffer Bellows got things started, wiring home a wicked-wrister to give Portland a 1-0 advantage. For Bellows, it was his first WHL postseason goal. Just over six minutes later, John Ludvig rushed the puck up ice, handed it off to Lane Gilliss, who found Jake Gricius in front of the net to make it 2-0 Portland. The Hawks were not done yet. With under five minutes left in the period, Alex Overhardt shoveled home a rebound past Chiefs goaltender Bailey Brkin to give Portland a 3-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
In the second, the Hawks continued their hot play. Mason Mannek banked a shot from below the goal line off goaltender Dawson Weatherill and in. Weatherill entered the game for Spokane during the first intermission in place of Brkin who allowed three goals on 15 shots. The Chiefs however would not go down without a fight. Tyson Helgeson wired a slap-shot past Cole Kehler to make it a 4-1 game. Then, it was Ethan McIndoe scoring a powerplay goal with under two minutes left in the period to make it a two-goal game.
In the third, the Chiefs got within one at the 14:03 mark on a wrister from Zach Fischer to make it 4-3. But the Hawks had a dominant defensive performance the rest of the way, led by Kehler who ended up making 26 saves on the night. The Chiefs would eventually pull their netminder, but it wasn’t enough as the Hawks held on for the 4-3 win.
With the victory, Portland ties the best-of-seven series at 1-1.
The Winterhawks continue their postseason on the road against the Spokane Chiefs on Wednesday, March 28th and Thursday, March 29th, for Game’s Three and Four.
- 1st @ 2:25 – POR – Kieffer Bellows (1), Cody Glass, Matt Quigley
- 1st @ 8:43 – POR – Jake Gricius (1), Lane Gilliss, John Ludvig
- 1st @ 15:28 – POR – Alex Overhardt (1), Ryan Hughes, Joachim Blichfeld
- 2nd @ 6:36 – POR – Mason Mannek (1), Kieffer Bellows, Cody Glass
- 2nd @ 14:33 – SPO – Tyson Helgesen (1), Zach Fischer, Riley Woods
- 2nd @ 18:49 – SPO – Ethan McIndoe (1), Hudson Elynuik, Kailer Yamamoto (PP)
- 3rd @ 5:57 – SPO – Zach Fischer (1), Luke Toporowski, Tyson Helgesen
SHOTS ON GOAL:
POR: Cole Kehler 26 saves
SPO: Bailey Brkin with 12 saves
Dawson Weatherill with 16 saves