SPOKANE -- The Spokane Chiefs suffered their worst loss of the season in a 10-5 decision at the hands of the first place Portland Winterhawks on Wednesday night at Veterans Memorial Arena.
Portland scored five times in a 1:59 span in the first period (you can watch the entire barrage by clicking the video above). It's believed to be the most goals allowed in a two minute span in a WHL game in nearly 30 years. Goalie Mac Engel allowed the first four tallies, while Michael Iwan allowed the last (and Portland's other five goals after that). Spokane's regular goalie James Reid is still out with a hip injury. He's hoping to return later this week.
The Winterhawks' Brad Ross scored three goals, Craig Cunningham had two goals and an assist and Ryan Johansen had one goal and five assists in Portland's final trip to Spokane this season.
Tyler Johnson scored twice for the Chiefs, his league leading 40th and 41st of the season, and Kenton Miller, Mitch Holmberg and Collin Valcourt added singles.
Portland extends its lead to seven points in the U.S. Division over Spokane. The Chiefs have two games in hand and one more meeting with the Winterhawks on March 20th, the final game of the regular season.
Spokane's week continues on Friday with the first of three games in three nights when they travel to Everett. The Chiefs host Tri-City on Saturday and visit Seattle on Sunday.