Winterhawks outscore Chiefs
A second three-goal lead in the third period turned out to be just enough for the Portland Winterhawks on Saturday, April 10, in a wild 7-6 win at Spokane.
Portland took a 4-1 lead into the third period of the Western Hockey League game, only to watch Spokane score three times in the first 3:15 of the third period to tie the game.
"That's tough for a team that's a little bit inexperienced," Winterhawks VP/GM/coach Mike Johnston said of the way the third period started, noting that Portland had five 16-year-olds in the lineup. "I liked our response. I thought we played well and hung in there under tough circumstances."
The Winterhawks regained the lead just over three minutes later on a power-play goal from defenseman Kade Nolan. Portland tacked on goals from Jaydon Dureau and Simon Knak (empty net) and led 7-4 with 46 seconds left in the game.
Spokane scored twice before the final horn sounded. Johnston said he felt bad for goalie Brock Gould, but felt it was important for a group of young players to get the experience of being on the ice late in the game.
Seth Jarvis had two goals and one assist and Dureau a goal and two assists to lead 13 Portland players who were on the scoresheet.
Reece Newkirk, Kyle Chyzowski and Simon Knak also tallied goals for the Winterhawks, and Robbie Fromm-Delorme had two assists.
Portland was 2 of 5 on the power play, with Spokane's Eli Zummack tying the game 4-4 with a shorthanded goal after a Portland player fell down 3:15 into the third period.
Spokane was 0 for 2 on the power play.
The Winterhawks outshot the Chiefs 48-29 and had at least 15 shots on goal in each period.
Portland is 5-4-2 11 games into the 24-game U.S. Division schedule. Spokane is 2-5-2-1.
The Winterhawks and Chiefs play again at 5 p.m. on Wednesday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, a start of a run of seven in eight at home for the Winterhawks.
"I'm really excited for this next little bit," Dureau said. "I think a lot of people are going to see what we do, especially when we're fully rested."
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