Winterhawks top Chiefs
Gabe Klassen had two goals and two assists Saturday, leading the Portland Winterhawks to a 5-1 Western Hockey League win over the Spokane Chiefs at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Portland improved to 11-8-3 on the abbreviated season. Spokane fell to 6-8-4-1.
Reece Newkirk had a goal and two assists and Jaydon Dureau a goal and assist. Each had an assist on Seth Jarvis' opening goal 5:27 into the first period.
Newkirk's 10th goal of the season made it 2-0 through one period.
Klassen scored the only goal of the second period. He added a goal in the final minute when he flipped the puck in the air with his stick and then batted it past Spokane goalie Campbell Arnold.
Dureau, a Tampa Bay Lightning prospect, scored his eighth of the season midway through the third period on Portland's only power play of the game.
The Chiefs' goal came on one of seven Spokane power plays and was scored by Adam Beckman, the 17th of the season for the Minnesota Wild prospect.
For Klassen, a 17-year-old, it was his first four-point night in the WHL.
With his 14th goal, Carolina prospect Jarvis ties Simon Knak for the team lead in goals with two games left in the season. Jarvis made a power move to the net after controlling a stretch pass from Dureau.
Portland visits Tri-City for a 4 p.m. Sunday game, then wraps up the 24-game season at home Tuesday against the Americans.
The Winterhawks outshot the Chiefs 37-18 and Portland goalie Dante Giannuzzi made 17 saves.
The Winterhawks decided to continue playing without fans at home games, given that Saturday's game and Tuesday's are the last two of the 2020-21 season.
The WHL is not having playoffs this season.
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