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Chiefs limp into break after 8-6 loss

 With 15 wins and 16 losses, including some not so pretty ones recently, there could be a lot of changes in store when the Spokane Chiefs come back from Christmas break. They hit the break with a 6-2 loss in Everett and Saturday an 8-6 loss at home to Portland.

 3 stars: 3, Jarid Haputman, Spokane (2g, a). 2, Ty Rattie, Portland (g, 2a). 1,Chase De Leo, Portland (2g).

Long box below.

SPOKANE – Saturday

First period

1, Por, Baker 2 (Leier) :16.

2, Spo, Kalus 8 (Aviani, Hauptman) 1:48.

3, Por, DeLeo 5 (Gabriel, Leipsic) 3:39.

Penalties – Rattie, Por (slashing) 8:19; Rattie, Por (charging) 16:55.

Second period

4, Por, Ross 21 (Rattie) 1:05.

5, Spo, Valcourt 10, 3:26, ps.

6, Por, Rattie 33 (Ross, Petan) 9:46, pp

7, Por, Ross 22 (Peters) 17:25, sh.

8, Spo, Hauptman 3 (Aviani, Kalus) 19:59.

Penalties – Valcourt, Spo (interference) 1:16; Kuhn, Spo (high sticking) 8:06, Leipsic, Por (tripping) 16:47.

Third period

9, Por, De Leo 7 (Pouliot, Gabriel) 4:15.

10, Por, Petan 8 (Ross, Rattie) 5:42.

11, Spo, Bardaro 18 (Kramer, Baldwin) 13:37.

12, Spo, Stewart 3 (Chartier) 18:01.

13, Por, Wrenn 3, 19:30, en.

14, Spo, Hauptman 4 (Kalus, Fram) 19:38.

Penalties – Proft, Spo (delay of game) 8:31.

Shots on goal by
Portland      8-12-10_30

Spokane  15-5-14_34

Goal (shots-saves) — Portland: Carruth (W, 20-10-1-0) x. Spokane: Engel (L, 13-11-1-2) 25-18; Lee-Knight (5:42 of 3rd) 4-4.

Power plays (goals-chances) — Portland 1-3, Spokane 0-3.

Referees — Adam Griffiths, Pat Smith. Linesmen — Anthony Guzzo, Jeremi Del Campo.

Attendance –6,351

Scratches – Portland: Niederreiter, Castro, Bartschi, Wagner. Spokane: King, Mort, Uher.

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