As expected the Portland Winterhawks had a lot of jump in the second game of their best-of-7 Western Hockey League playoff series Sunday night after losing the opener of the Western Conference championship 2-1 to the Spokane Chiefs on Friday.
The Hawks took the lead for the first time in the series with a Ryan Johansen power play goal at 7:38 of the second period and that stood up for a 2-1 victory in a game where Spokane had precious few chances.
Game 3 is in Spokane on Wednesday with Game 4 at the Arena on Friday, before the teams return to the Rose Garden next Saturday for Game 5.
3 stars: 3, James Reid, 2, Craig Cunningham, 1 Mac Carruth
Long box below.
Winterhawks 2, Spokane 1
Spokane – Sunday
1, Spo, Marantz 3 (Uher) 17:49.
2, Por, Wrenn 1 (Rattie, Cunningham) 18:22.
Penalties – Cunningham, Por (roughing) 4:09; Bardaro, Spo (hooking) 4:56.
3, Por, Johansen 8 (Rattie, Niederreiter) 7:38, pp.
Penalties – Mort, Spo (high sticking) 5:50; Kuhn, Spo (hooking) 15:34; Brassart, Spo (goaltendner interference), Wrenn, Port (roughing) 18:57.
Penalties – Jordan, Por (hooking) 8:09.
Shots on goal by
Goal (shots-saves) — Spokane: Reid (L, 9-4-0) 36-34; Portland: Carruth (W, 9-2-1) 35-34.
Power plays (goals-chances) — Spokane 0-2; Portland 1-3.
Referees — Trevor Hanson, Pat Smith. Linesmen — Jusitn Hull, Clayton Richardson.
Attendance – 6,506.
Scratches – Spokane: Cole Hamblin, Marek Kalus, Reid Gow, Mitch Holmberg. Portland: Josh Hanson, Brett Ponich, Chase De Leo, Oliver Gabriel, Pearce Eviston, Seth Swenson/Nicolas Petan, Brendan Burke, Jason Trott.