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SATURDAY WHL RECAP/Newkirk, Gricius score to give Portland 6-5 victory at home against Spokane; Hofer stops 35 Chiefs shots

Reece Newkirk and Jake Gricius scored in a shootout to lift the Portland Winterhawks to a 6-5 victory over the visiting Spokane Chiefs.

It was Portland's first shootout win of the 2018-19 season.

Rookie Cross Hanas led the Hawks with a goal and two assists for his first three-point game in the Western Hockey League.

Eleven Hawks had at least one point in a game that was tied three times and played before a crowd of 5,899 at Memorial Coliseum.

Spokane rallied from a 5-3 deficit in the third period with goals at 9:11 and 11:28.

Joel Hofer got his 11th win of the season in goal, stopping five Spokane shots in overtime and two of three Chiefs shootout attempts. He finished with 35 saves in the 65 minutes.

Portland's goals in regulation came from Lane Gilliss, Jared Freadrich, John Ludvig, Hanas and Matthew Quigley, in that order.

Portland improved to 32-14-3-2 (69 points) and moved to within five points of U.S. Division and Western Conference leader Everett, which has played one fewer game.

Spokane slipped to 26-17-2-4 (58). The Chiefs are third in the division but only three points ahead of Tri-City, which has played one fewer game.

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