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Chiefs fall to Portland

First, enjoy Paul Turner's thoughts on the nicknames of the Western Hockey League teams.

A last minute goal allows Portland to continue its dominance of the Chiefs in Spokane - but you don't want to remember last year, went the Winterhawks went 4-0 in the regular season and 4-0 in the playoffs. Well, that streak is up to nine now.

The game story is here.  The long box is below with some notes.

FYI, we're now tweeting,  SRtrim.

This was hometown star Tyler Johnson's 200th game. The Chiefs released defenseman Bruin McDonald. The 18-year old was acquired from Prince George this summer. Chiefs assistant coach Jon Klemm was in Denver on Thursday night for the 15th anniversary of the Colorado Avalanche's first Stanley Cup. The Avs beat the defending Cup champ Blackhawks, but Klemm had to miss the Wednesday night banquet because the Cheifs were winning in Kamloops.

Spokane – Friday:

First period

1, Port, Bartschi 3 (Rukowski, Rattie) 3:17, pp.

2, Spo, Cowen 1 (Mort, Miller) 4:45.

3, Spo, Gal 3, 7:47, sh

4, Port, Bartschi 4 (Burns, Rattie) 10:50.

Penalties – Engle, Spo (dealy of game, served by Holmberg) 1:37; Mort, Spo (delay of game) 6:59; Rattie, Port, Wotherspoon, Port, Gal, Spo, Kuhn, Spo (roughing) 15:19; Ponich, Port (Hooking) 15:58; Gow, Spo (hooking) 17:58.

Second period


Penalties – Rutkowski, Port (tripping) :38; Hanson, Port (tripping) 4:20; Ponich, Port (high sticking), Ross, Port (slashing), Avianai, Spo (roughing ) 6:36; Rattie, Port (elbowing) 9:50; Holmberg, Spo (tripping) 12:08; Leedahl, Spo (holding) 14:19; Gabriel, Port (cross checking, served by Bartschi, fighting), Mort, Spo (fighting) 17:14.

Third period

5, Port, Aronson (Ross, Gabriel) 19:31.

Penalties – Cowen, Spo (holding) 8:57; Ross, Port (high sticking) 10:30; Aronson, Port (cross checking) 11:42.

Shots on goal by
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Goal (shots-saves) — Portland: Carruth (W, 1-0-0-0) 48-46. Spokane: Engel (L, 0-1-0-0) 19-16.

Power plays (goals-chances) — Portland 1-6; Spokane 0-8.

Referee — Andy Thiessen, Shane Warschaw. Linesmen — Chris Carlson, Anthony Guzzo.

Attendance – 4,911.

 Scratches – Portland: Ian Curtis, Joe Morrow, Nino Niederreiter, Jason Trott, Liam Darragh, Stephane Robidoux. Spokane: Cole Hamblin, Brenden Kichton, T.C. Cratsenberg, Marek Kalus, Collin Valcourt.


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