One of the most popular home games of the season was one of the best for the Portland Winterhawks.
Seven players scored goals as Portland beat Spokane 8-2 in Western Hockey League play on Saturday as more than 9,000 fans took part in the popular Teddy Bear Toss game.
Ryan Hughes scored twice and Cody Glass and Joachim Blichfeld had three-point games as Portland moved into a second-place tie with Spokane in the U.S. Division with 32 points, 11 back of Everett. The Winterhawks are 15-10-0-2, the Chiefs 14-8-2-2.
A year after waiting until late in the third period for the Teddy Bear goal, Winterhawks fans didn't have to wait long to throw their stuffed animals onto the ice. Lane Gilliss put in a rebound just 2:10 into the game, and the 9,304 fans showered the ice with 10,451 stuffed animals.
It was the third goal of the season for the 19-year-old, who was at the front of the net to put home a loose puck.
It was 3-0 Portland just 8:37 into the game as Blichfeld and Jake Gricius found the net.
Hughes made it 4-0 Portland early in the second.
Spokane got a power-play goal from Filip Kral 10:21 into the second, and a Jake McGrew tally at 16:11 enaped the Chiefs to crawl to within 4-2.
But rookies Jaydon Dureau and Seth Jarvis each scored his fourth of the season late in the second to restore the four-goal lead.
Hughes scored his ninth of the year and second of the game midway through the third period off a great feed from Glass, who finished with three assists after missing Portland's midweek loss at Everett.
Reece Newkirk finished the scoring from in close 13:19 into the third period.
Portland outshot Spokane 44-20, and both teams were 1 for 2 on the power play.
Hawks goalie Shane Farkas made 18 saves.
Dawson Weatherill took the loss in goal, giving up three goals on 15 shots in the first period. Bailey Brkin played the final two periods for the Chiefs, allowing five goals on 29 shots.
The Winterhawks are back in action Sunday as Kootenay visits Moda Center at 5 p.m.