Winterhawks beat Spokane
Seth Jarvis had two goals and one assist and goalie Joel Hofer made 32 saves Friday as the Portland Winterhawks beat the Spokane Chiefs 4-1 in a Western Hockey League game watched by 8,064 at Moda Center.
The win improved the WHL-leading Hawks to 38-7-3-4 (83 points).
Spokane is 31-18-4-1 (67 points), third in the U.S. Division.
Jarvis opened the scoring midway through the first period. He then had a kick-pass to set up Jaydon Dureau's cross-crease pass to Jack O'Brien for O'Brien's 10th goal of the season as Portland went ahead 2-0 just 1:49 into the second period.
Spokane responded quickly, with Jack Finley cashing in a two-on-one rush to make it a 2-1 game.
But, with the teams skating four on four, defenseman Jonas Brondberg ripped a shot through a Mason Mannek screen for his seventh goal of the season to make it 3-1 midway through the second period.
Jarvis scored on a two-on-one rush midway through the third period to make it 4-1. Jarvis is up to 32 goals.
Dureau had two assists.
Portland was 0 for 2 on the power play, Spokane 0 for 3.
Chiefs goalie Lukas Parik made 33 saves on 37 Winterhawks shots.
Portland will try to extend its nine-point lead over second-place Everett in the U.S. Division when the Hawks visit the Silvertips. Portland returns home at 5 p.m. Sunday to take on Moose Jaw at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
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