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Winterhawks rally late to beat Spokane 6-5 in a shootout

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Portland (2-2) scored two late goals to tie the game and eventually took down Spokane 6-5 in a shootout in a wild preseason matchup in Kennewick on Thursday.

The Winterhawks came out firing scoring three first period goals. Jake Gricius picked up his third of the preseason just over 7 minutes in to open the scoring. Bronson Sharp and Jaydon Dureau then scored less than 20 seconds apart to give the Hawks a commanding 3-0 lead.

But Spokane would go on a run of their own in the second, scoring 3 unanswered to tie things up. The Chiefs carried their momentum into the 3rd, potting two more to take a 5-3 lead with less than 5 minutes in regulation.

The Hawks pulled goaltender Shane Farkas with just under 4 minutes remaining and the gamble paid off. Ty Kolle buried his 2nd of the preseason on a sweet feed from Jake Gricius to make it a one goal game. Then less than a minute later with the goalie still out, Brad Ginnell tied things at 5 on a shot from the left circle that beat Spokane’s Declan Hobbs.

The game eventually headed to a shootout where Farkas stopped all three Spokane shooters and Ilijah Colina netted the lone goal to give the Hawks the win.

The Winterhawks continue preseason play tomorrow at 11:00am against the Kootenay Ice at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.

SHOTS:

POR: 34

SPO: 29

POWER PLAY:

POR: 0/7

SPO: 3/9

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