Portland Winterhawks vs. Spokane Chiefs
The Portland Winterhawks face the Spokane Chiefs for the first time since meeting in the 2019 WHL Playoffs. The Hawks enter the game with a five game point streak and will play an in-division opponent for just their second time this season.
Puck Drop: 7:05 p.m. PT
Venue: Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena (Spokane, WA)
Listen Live: Winterhawks Radio Network and on the Winterhawks App
Watch Live: WHL Live
FOLLOW ALONG: Box Score
The Spokane Chiefs are coming off an appearance to the Western Conference Finals, but they have struggled to find their footing at home with a 3-3-0-0 record at the Memorial Arena this fall. Last March, the Chiefs eliminated the Winterhawks from playoff contention by beating them 4-games-to-1 in the best-of-seven series.
Winterhawks current leading scorer Reece Newkirk put up some strong numbers against the Chiefs in 2018-19, scoring two goals and five assists in six games. Only Joachim Blichfeld (12) had more points head-to-head.
The two teams met twice during the preseason and the Winterhawks reigned victorious in both games, winning 6-5 and 4-3 respectively. Nine different Hawks scored in those two games and only Robbie Fromm-Delorme registered multiple goals.
The division rivals enter the weekend with momentum coming off midweek wins. Portland beat the Prince Albert Raiders 4-3 to stay perfect at home ice and Spokane beat the Brandon Wheat Kings 7-1 during a midweek game. Minnesota Wild prospect Adam Beckman set a new career high with a five point night (G-4A). His 19 points ranks second in the Western Hockey League in scoring.
Former first round NHL pick and captain Ty Smith is the Chiefs pride and joy on the back end. The New Jersey Devils returned him to juniors in early October and he has 199 career points (including playoffs) in 224 games. He has helped guide the Chiefs to an impressive power play that ranks second in the league behind Portland.
With Lukáš Pařík currently on the injury report, 18-year-old goaltender Campbell Arnold has drawn the last six starts, but has not faced more than 25 shots in any of those games.
Tonight, the Chiefs begin a seven-game home stand and it is their first of eight meetings against the Winterhawks.
Cross Hanas – Jake Gricius – Robbie Fromm-Delorme
Tyson Kozak – Jack O’Brien – James Stefan
Jaydon Dureau – Lane Gilliss – Mason Mannek
Simon Knak – Reece Newkirk – Seth Jarvis
Matthew Quigley – Johnny Ludvig
Kurtis Smythe – Nick Cicek
Clay Hanus – Jonas Brøndberg
Scratches (alphabetically): Kishaun Gervais, Kade Nolan, Nick Perna
Adam Beckman – Eli Zummack – Cordel Larson
Michael King – Jack Finley – Luke Toporowski
Erik Atchison – Bear Hughes – Connor Gabruch
Reed Jacobson – Blake Swetlikoff
Noah King – Ty Smith
Bobby Russell – Filip Král
Matt Leduc – Graham Sward
Scratches (alphabetically): Jordan Chudley, Owen MacNeil, Jake McGrew, Lukas Parik, Brandon Reller
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