The Portland Winterhawks used a 3 goal third period to jump out to an early lead and then held off the Spokane Chiefs to win 6-4 Friday night in Portland, OR. Portland has won all 4 meetings with Spokane this season and has defeated the Chiefs 12 straight times dating back to last year. With the loss, Spokane now trails first place Everett by 7 points in the U.S. Division.
Portland got goals from Brendan Leipsic, Garrett Haar and Derrick Pouliot in the first to take a 3-0 lead after one. The Chiefs got on the board on Connor Chartier's 5th goal of the year from Jackson Playfair and Adam Hascic 5:34 into the second period to cut the lead to 3-1. Leipsic would score his seccond of the night on a breakaway at 6:15 to put the Hawks up 4-1. Spokane would cut the lead to 4-2 on Riley Whittingham's 4th of the season from Mike Aviani and Mitch Holmberg at 11:26. Adam Helewka would net his 12th of the year from Holmberg at 14:14 to bring Spokane within 4-3, but Nick Petan's goal with just 36 seconds left in the period to would give Portland a 5-3 lead after two.
Aviani would draw the Chiefs within 5-4 on his 22nd goal of the campaign at 8:24 of the third with his league leading 3rd shorthanded goal of the year. Portland would wrap up the win though with a power play, empty net goal from Taylor Leier with just 19 seconds left. Spokane outshot Portland 35-33 in the game as the Chiefs went 0-3 on the power play and 7-9 on the penalty kill.