Spokane beats Winterhawks in OT
Jack Finley tied the game late and scored the winner in overtime on Friday as the Spokane Chiefs beat the Portland Winterhawks 4-3 in Western Hockey League action watched by 6,213 at Moda Center.
Jonas Brondberg, Kishaun Gervais and Lane Gilliss scored for Portland.
The Winterhawks are 11-6-1-1 (24 points) and remain second behind Everett in the U.S. Division. The Chiefs are 9-7-2-0 (20 points), fourth in the division.
Finley won it in overtime with a one-timer from the left-wing circle off a nice feed from Eli Zummak. The 17-year-old forced the overtime with 1:17 left by getting his third whack at a loose puck through Portland goalie Joel Hofer with Spokane skating with an extra attacker.
The Winterhawks used a dominant second period to build a 3-2 lead thanks to the first career goal from Gervais and a power-play goal for Gilliss.
Gervais, an 18-year-old rookie in his fifth game, converted at the far post with a well-taken finish of a cross-ice crease from Gilliss to tie the score 2-2 at 6:54 of period two.
Gilliss gave Portland its first lead with his fifth goal of the season at 17:49 of the second period, a rebound finish after a strong save from goalie Lukas Parik denied Jaydon Dureau on the back door after a great feed from Reece Newkirk. With a goal and two assists the 20-year-old had a career-best three-point night.
Portland outshot Spokane 19-8 in the second period and limited the Chiefs to only three shots through the first 15 minutes of the third period. The tying goal came as Hofer reached to cover the puck by Finlay was able to poke it past the lunging goalie.
The Winterhawks controlled the puck in the offensive zone for much of the overtime but could not generate a Grade-A chance.
Both teams were without several key players. Portland started the night without forwards Robbie Fromm-Delorme and Simon Knak because of upper-body injuries and lost leading scorer Seth Jarvis to an undisclosed injury during the first period.
Erik Atchison put Spokane on the board just 1:27 into the contest with a rebound finish off the rush.
Brondberg tied it for Portland with his second goal of the season at 10:57 of the first, making a nice move down the right side of the slot and sliding the puck into the crease where it deflected in off Parik's pad.
The Winterhawks dominated the faceoff circle (44-28), outshot the Chiefs 39-26 and got 22 saves from Hofer in the loss.
Portland travels to Kent, Washington on Saturday to play Seattle, a game that can be seen on KRCW television. The Winterhawks conclude a three-game weekend at 5 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Coliseum against Winnipeg.
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