For the second consecutive night, the Spokane Chiefs won an overtime game on the road to take a 3-games-to-1 series lead in the opening round of the WHL Playoffs.
After Spokane scored on the first shift of the game, the Winterhawks rattled off three unanswered goals to give them a 3-1 lead after two periods of play. Brendan De Jong ripped in his first of the postseason on a delayed penalty call and Josh Paterson had another two goal night, giving him four playoff goals in four career playoff games.
Spokane toughed it out with a two-goal deficit and won the third period to force overtime. The tying goal came from Eli Zummack with a minute to play and an extra attacker on the ice.
The Chiefs were opportunistic early in the overtime period and out-shot the Hawks 6-1 in the extra frame. Given their third power play chance of the night, Adam Beckman wristed in the game-winning goal to send the series back to Spokane with momentum.
The Winterhawks must win on Saturday night to stay alive in the playoffs and force a game six on Monday night in Portland.
- Brendan De Jong’s first period goal was his third career WHL playoff goal.
- Josh Paterson scored twice on Wednesday night on two shots, giving 28 goals this year (half of his goals coming with Portland).
- Clay Hanus has assists in back-to-back nights after a two assist outing in game four. He has three total in the postseason.
THE BOX SCORE (Click the hyperlink to find all the scoring details)
SHOTS ON GOAL:
POR: Joel Hofer with 33 saves.
SPO: Bailey Brkin with 35 saves.