PORTLAND, OR. -- In game two of their opening round playoff series, the Spokane Chiefs used two Kenton Miller goals on their way to a 4-2 win over the Portland Winter Hawks. Spokane now leads the best of seven series 2-0.
Portland jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 4:04 into the first period on a Troy Rutkowski shot from between the circles. Portland would outshoot Spokane 18-10 in the period.
Spokane would tie the game just 2:34 into the second period as Kenton Miller scored on a netfront scramble. Matt Marantz and Steve Kuhn picked up the assists. The Chiefs would take a 2-1 lead after two as Mitch Wahl scored inside the left blue line at 10:19 of the period unassisted. Spokane outshot Portland 22-9 in the period.
Miller would score his second goal of night at 6:11 of the third period would give the Chiefs a 3-1 lead. Marantz and Kuhn picked up their second assists of the night on Miller’s goal. Blake Gal’s empty net goal at 19:08 would give Spokane a 4-1 lead as Wahl and Levko Koper got the assists. Portland would cap the scoring on a Brett Ponich goal at 19:39. James Reid turned away 39 Portland shots in picking up the win for the Chiefs.
The Chiefs will return home to take on Portland in game 3 of their series Wednesday night at 7pm.