Spokane wins finale in shootout
Spokane 5, PORTLAND 4 (SO)
• The Hawks coughed up a 4-1 lead and then lost in a shootout to end the regular season in a game at Moda Center that had no affect on playoff position.
The Winterhawks wound up with a 44-22-1-5 record and 94 points, second in the U.S. Division to the Everett Silvertips (47-20-2-3, 99).
Portland will open the WHL playoffs with a best-of-seven series against Spokane Chiefs (41-25-3-3, 88) next weekend at Memorial Coliseum.
The series will start at 6 p.m. Saturday, with Game 2 at 5 p.m. Sunday.
The postseason matchup was set before Sunday's game. Down 1-0, Mason Mannek, Kieffer Bellows and Skyler McKenzie scored in the second period for Portland. In the third, Ryan Hughes scored at 2:11 for a 4-1 advantage.
The Chiefs got even with two of its next three goals on power plays, including the tying score with 21 seconds remaining.
Shane Farkas went the distance in goal for the Winterhawks and made 18 saves.
The shootout went four rounds. Everyone missed (Cody Glass, Joachim Blichfeld, Bellows and Huhges for Portland) until Riley McKay found the net for Spokane.