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WHL hockey: Portland scores three times in the first period to down Spokane at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Traffic to the net is a good route to winning hockey.

So is a hot goaltender.

The Winterhawks got both things on Sunday, Oct. 10, to beat the Spokane Chiefs 3-0 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, their second win in as many nights.

Jack O'Brien, Robbie Fromm-Delorme and Cross Hanas scored first-period goals and Dante Giannuzzi made 15 of his 29 saves in the third period as Portland won at home for the first time in the young season.

The Winterhawks are 2-2-0-1 for five points from five games. The Chiefs are 1-3-1-0 for three points.

O'Brien opened the scoring by re-directing a centering pass by Clay Hanus past starting goalie Campbell Arnold just 2:40 into the game.

Fromm-Delorme chipped a puck over the goalie's shoulder from in tight on a power play to make it 2-0 at 17:16 of the first period.

Hanas skated off the wall and into the high slop and beat Arnold through traffic at 18:49 of the first.

Mason Beaupit took over in goal for Spokane in the second period and stopped all 24 shots he faced.

"We talked about having a good first period and that was obviously our best period," Winterhawks coach/GM/VP Mike Johnston said. "I think when you're playing a three-in-three with both teams having the same schedule, it's a tough weekend. I just think if you get ahead of the other team it really plays on their mind a little bit. They came back in the third and I thought had a really good third and Dante (Giannuzzi) was big when he had to be on the power play. So there were some good signs tonight."

Portland was 1 for 7 on the power play. Spokane was 0 for 3.

The Winterhawks play once next weekend. Tri-City visits Portland for a 6 p.m. game Saturday, Oct. 16.


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