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Winterhawks Top Chiefs; Lead Series 2-1

Larry Brunt / Spokane Chiefs

Portland Winterhawks (3) vs Spokane Chiefs (1)

Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena– Spokane, WA– Wednesday, March 28th

The Winterhawks scored twice in the second period to take a 3-1 lead and never looked back, as Portland defeated the Chiefs 3-1 in Spokane on Wednesday. With the victory, Portland takes a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven first-round series.

Portland got on the board first, off a goal from Cody Glass. For Glass, it was his first goal of the postseason, but his fourth point. After killing off a 5-on-3 Spokane powerplay midway through the frame, the Hawks carried a one-goal lead into the first intermission.

In the second, the Chiefs got on the board 5:31 into frame, with Jarret Anderson-Dolan tucking one past Cole Kehler to tie things at one. Portland responded on the powerplay just over two minutes later, with Dennis Cholowski wristing one past Bailey Brkin to make it 2-1 Hawks. Just under four minutes later, Joachim Blichfeld tapped home his first of the postseason, off a sweet feed from Ryan Hughes. Portland took a 3-1 lead into the third.

In the final frame, the Hawks were dominate defensively, holding the Chiefs to just four shots overall. Spokane pulled their goalie late, but Portland stymied the Chiefs attempts at getting back in it, and held on for a 3-1 victory. Cole Kehler made 28 saves in the victory. With the win, the Hawks take a 2-1 series lead.

The Winterhawks continue their playoffs on the road against the Spokane Chiefs tomorrow night for Game 4, and return home for Game 5 on Saturday, March 31st at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Tickets on sale here, and single game and group tickets now on sale.

Scoring Summary:

  • 1st @ 6:50 – POR – Cody Glass (1), Skyler McKenzie, Kieffer Bellows
  • 2nd @ 5:31 – SPO – Jaret Anderson-Dolan (1)
  • 2nd @ 7:53 – POR – Dennis Cholowski (3), Cody Glass, Kieffer Bellows (PP)
  • 2nd @ 11:30 – POR – Joachim Blichfeld (1), Ryan Hughes

SHOTS ON GOAL:

POR: 30

SPO: 29

POWER-PLAY:

POR: 1/3

SPO: 0/4

SAVES:

POR: Cole Kehler 28 saves

SPO: Bailey Brkin with 26 saves

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