SPOKANE -- Ty Rattie’s goal in overtime propelled the Portland Winterhawks into the Western Conference semifinals as they defeated the Spokane Chiefs 5-4 in game seven of their playoff series.
Playing in front of an crowd of more than 6,000 fans, the Chiefs got on the board first as Tyler Johnson took a pass from Brady Brassart and fired a shot that beat Portland goalie Mac Carruth. The Chiefs would extend their lead to 2-0 when Mitch Wahl’s shot just squeezed past the pad of Carruth later in the first period.
The Chiefs would extend their lead to 3-0 in the second when Wahl scored his second goal of the night. Kyle Beach and Brett Bartman assisted on the play. That's when Portland decided to play some hockey.
The Winterhawks would get on the board at 7:53 when Nino Niederreiter took a feed from Brad Ross that beat James Reid glove side. Portland would cut the deficit to 3-2 at the end of the second period as Ryan Johansen scored his third goal of the playoffs on a net front scramble.
In the third period, Spokane would push their lead back to two when Kyle Beach’s seventh goal of the series came at the 6:50 mark. But, Portland would cut the deficit 4-3 when Riley Boychuck scored off a rebound from a Troy Rutkowski shot at 9:45. The Winterhawks would then tie the game at four when Luke Walker scored his fourth of the series with about six minutes left in the game.
In overtime, Ty Rattie would get the series clinching goal at 17:29 when he took a Taylor Aronson feed from behind the net to put the puck past goalie James Reid to give the Winterhawks the 5-4 win.