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SUNDAY WHL RECAP/Portland wins 8-6 at Spokane as Blichfeld has five-point hight, rookie goalie gets first win

Scoring four third-period goals, the Portland Winterhawks surged past the Spokane Chiefs for an 8-6 win in a high-scoring Western Hockey League game on Sunday at Spokane Arena.

Playing their third game in as many nights, the Winterhawks peppered Chiefs' goalie Bailey Brkin with 53 shots — 30 more than Spokane managed.

But the Chiefs still owned a 6-5 lead when Nolan Reid scored 5:41 into the third period.

The Hawks' Ryan Hughes scored 37 seconds later on a power-play for Portland. The go-ahead goal also came on the power-play, with Reece Newkirk putting Portland up 7-6 with three minutes remaining.

An empty-net goal from Joachim Blichfeld finished off the Portland victory.

Portland improved to 10-6-0-1 for 21 points and moved to second in the U.S. Division, one point back of Everett. Spokane is 8-6-1-2 for 19 points, fourth in the division.

Rookie goalie Dante Giannuzzi relieved Shane Farkas midway through the second period after Spokane scored two quick goals to lead 5-3. Giannuzzi finished with seven saves torn his first career WHL win.

Blichfeld continued his torrid pace with two goals and three assists giving him 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) in 17 games.

Jake Gricius scored twice and Newkirk had two assists to go with his goal.

Jaydon Dureau converted a penalty shot late in the first period for his second career WHL goal.

Defenseman Jared Freadrich had four assists as the Winterhawks finished 4 of 7 on the power-play.

Riley Woods had two goals and two assists for Spokane, Ethan McIndoe had a goal and two assists and Jake McGrew three assists.

Brkin finished with 45 saves on 52 shots.

Portland outshot Spokane 23-10 in the first period, 16-9 in the second and 14-4 in the third.

Spokane was 1 for 4 on the power play.

Portland's Cody Glass and Spokane's Jaret Anderson-Dolan are with Team WHL for the Canada-Russia Series. Team WHL plays Team Russia on Monday in Kamloops and on Tuesday in Vancouver.

Next for the Winterhawks are home games on Saturday (Moda Center) and Sunday (Memorial Coliseum) against the Kelowna Rockets.

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