Spokane edges Winterhawks
The Portland Winterhawks outshot Spokane on Friday, April 9, but after their first shot of the game couldn't score in a 3-1 Western Hockey League loss to the host Chiefs.
Mason Mannek scored his fifth goal of the season on the first Portland shot of the game, but despite outshooting the Chiefs 36-21 the Winterhawks came up short.
Spokane goalie Mason Beaupit shook off Portland's early goal and slammed the door as the Chiefs won their second game of the season.
The Chiefs' goals came in a four-minute span of the second period.
The Winterhawks had chances to tie it, including second-period shots off the post from Seth Jarvis and Simon Knak.
Portland was 0 for 5 on the power play.
Spokane tied it 39 seconds into the second period on a fortunate bounce as the puck found Bobby Russell as he stepped out of the penalty box for a breakaway goal. Spokane scored on the power play moments later, then sealed it with a late empty-net goal.
Despite good offensive zone time and their shots advantage, Winterhawks VP/GM/coach Mike Johnston said the quality chances were lacking.
"We need to score. In order to score you've got to get quality chances." Johnston said.
Recently-signed winger Luke Schelter had two shots on goal in his Winterhawks debut. Johnston noted that the 16-year-old has not practiced with the team because he was in quarantine prior to joining the team in Spokane.
The same teams play at 5 p.m. Saturday in Spokane.
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