Portland battled from a three goal deficit early in the third period to earn a point in a 7-6 overtime game. The Hawks won the last two periods of play, firing 42 shots on net and nearly winning the game in regulation.
The Spokane Chiefs came out quickly on the road and took a 2-0 lead into the intermission thanks to a two-goal first period from the WHL’s leading scorer Adam Beckman.
The two teams evened up in the second period as Portland and Spokane each found the back of the net three times. Tyson Kozak, Mason Mannek and Johnny Ludvig provided the second period offense. Spokane captain Ty Smith recorded four points in the first two periods of play, setting a new personal season high.
Cordel Larson scored early in the third period to make it a 6-3 game, but the Hawks battled back hard. Jack O’Brien plowed to the crease to clean up a loose puck, trimming the Chiefs lead to two. Portland was given a late power play chance and Reece Newkirk converted for the second special teams goal of the night, making it a 6-5 game with under six minutes to play.
The Hawks poured on the shots and brought out an extra attacker to tie the game with under a minute to go in regulation. Jaydon Dureau rocketed in his 14th goal of the season to force overtime. Both teams exchanged blows in the extra frame. Portland and Spokane each had odd-man rush opportunities, but it was Jack Finley of Spokane who scored his fifth goal head-to-head against Portland, giving the Chiefs a 7-6 road win.
- Portland is now 4-0-2-0 on the season against Spokane and are one point away from clinching a playoff spot.
- The Winterhawks became the third WHL team to score 200 goals this season.
- The Winterhawks have now scored a power play goal in six straight games.
- Eleven different Winterhawks registered a point in the win.
- Johnny Ludvig was recognized as the second star for his four point (G-3A) performance. It’s his first four point night in his WHL career.
- Seth Jarvis finished with three assists on the night, giving him 67 points this season in 44 games.
- It’s the first time they had allowed seven goals to an opponent this year.
Box Score (Click the hyperlink to find all the scoring details)
SHOTS ON GOAL:
POR: Joel Hofer stopped 33-of-40 shots.
SPO: Lukas Parik stopped 42-of-48 shots.