The Spokane Chiefs saw their 3 game winning streak snapped Friday night in Portland as the Winterhawks overcame a 2-1 Chiefs lead in the third period with 4 unanswered goals on their way to a 5-2 win over Spokane in Portland, OR. It was just the third time the Chiefs had lost a game when leading into the third period this season.
Portland jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a Nick Petan goal 14:59 into the first period. Spokane would tie the game at one on a 5 on 3 power play goal from Brendan Kichton from Todd Fiddler and Adam Helewka at 19:01 of the period. The Chiefs would seize the lead on Todd Fiddler's team leading 28th goal of the year from Dylan Walchuk at 5:14 of the second period to take a 2-1 advantage after two periods. Chiefs goalie Garret Hughson turned away 27 Portland shots in the first two periods.
Spokane killed off a 4 minute Portland power play to start the third period, but a turnover led to Chase DeLeo banking a shot in from behind the Chiefs goal at 6:44 of the third to tie the game at two. Portland would take the lead on a power play goal at 15:06, and then score two more goals in the next 1:39 to cap a 5-2 win. The Chiefs now trail Portland by 18 points in the U.S. Division, while maintaining a 6 point lead over Tri City for second in the division.
Hughson ended the game with 36 saves, a career high, as the Chiefs were outshot 41-26. Spokane will return home to host the Kootenay Ice Saturday night at the Spokane Arena at 7:05pm. Mike Boyle will have the call on 790 KJRB beginning with the pre-game show at 6:30pm.