Chiefs even conference finals with 8-3 victory

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by Spokane Chiefs

KREM.com

Posted on April 30, 2011 at 12:10 AM

SPOKANE -- Levko Koper recorded a hat trick and the Spokane Chiefs scored their most goals in the postseason in an 8-3 win over the Portland Winterhawks on Friday night.

The win evens the best-of-seven Western Conference finals at two games apiece. Spokane visits Portland on Saturday at 7pm in game five.

The Chiefs set a franchise record by scoring a goal 10-seconds into the game, one second better than Brad Schell's original mark set in the final game of the regular season in 2002 versus Portland. After Spokane won the face-off, Collin Valcourt snapped a puck on net and created a rebound for Matt Marantz to tip in.

Joe Morrow's power play goal at 10:54 evened the game at one.

The Chiefs then took a 2-1 lead at 12:41after Koper found Tyler Johnson breaking to the Portland net and fed him with a backhand pass into the slot. Johnson's snap shot went between the pads of Mac Carruth for the 20-year-old's sixth of the playoffs.

Valcourt's shot from the right circle 3:15 into the second period beat Carruth inside the near post and Spokane had a two-goal lead. Portland's Tyler Wotherspoon pulled the 'Hawks back within one with a shorthanded goal at 10:54.

Spokane proceeded to score the next six goals including two more in the second. Anthony Bardaro cleaned up a Darren Kramer rebound at 14:20 and Koper scored his first of the game at 18:52.

In the third, Koper had goals at 3:43 and 6:47, his third coming on the power play on a deflection of a Tyler Johnson pass. Mitch Holmberg scored the Chiefs' final goal at 16:27 tipping in a Valcourt shot. Valcourt finished the night with four points with a goal and three assists.

Ryan Johansen scored a power play goal with 1:42 remaining to complete a three point night with a goal and two assists.

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