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FRIDAY WHL RECAP/Chiefs goalie Bailey Brkin has big night as Portland falls, 4-1, on the road

Spokane goalie Bailey Brkin made 36 saves on Friday and the Chiefs beat the Portland Winterhawks, 4-1, in Western Hockey League play at Spokane Arena.

Joachim Blichfeld scored for Portland.

The Winterhawks (7-4-0-1, 15 points) are fourth in the tightly-packed U.S. Division. The Chiefs (7-3-1-2, 17) moved up to second in the division.

Portland outshot Spokane 37-22 but went 0 for 5 on the power play — in large part because Brkin was on his game in making a season high 36 saves.

The Chiefs led 3-0 threw two periods. Blichfeld re-directed a Brendan De Jong shot past Brkin 42 seconds into the third period, his ninth goal of the season, to pull the Winterhawks within two goals.

The game was the WHL debut for Portland goalie Dante Giannuzzi. The 16-year-old Winnipeg, Manitoba native made 18 saves.

Goals by Carter Chorney and Eli Zummack gave Spokane a 2-0 lead after one period. Chorney scored through a screen from the left-wing circle. Zummack's was a shorthanded tally.

In the second period Portland went 0 for 3 with a man advantage, while Spokane converted its only power play of the period. Adam Beckman's seventh goal of the year put the Chiefs ahead 3-0.

Nolan Reid scored with 5:31 left in the third period to restore a three-goal lead for Spokane. That goal came just after a Chiefs' power-play expired.

The Winterhawks return to Portland for games at 6 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday against Kamloops. Both games are at Memorial Coliseum.

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