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Portland destroys Chiefs

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A disaster of epic proportions for the Spokane Chiefs, starting with a dubious record of allowing five goals in 1:59. With those five goals league-leading Portland sent a message on the way to a 10-5 thumping. It was the most goals allowed and the most scored for each.


The only silver lining was Tyler Johnson getting a pair of goals early in the second period, giving him a league-leading 41 and tying him for the lead in the scoring race with 88 points. But shortly after that Ty Rattie turned another turnover into a breakaway goal.


Three stars: 3, Craig Cunningham. 2, Ryan Johansen. 1, Brad Ross.


Long box below and six-picture slide show here.

Winterhawks 10, Chiefs 5

Spokane – Wednesday

First period

1. Port, Peters 7 (Cunningham) 16:11, sh.

2. Port, Ross 18 (Niederreiter) 16:39.

3, Port, Boychuk 14 (Swenson, Johansen) 16:51.

4, Port, Johansen 27 (Pouliot) 17:23.

5, Port, Cunningham 20 (Rutkowski) 18:10.

Penalties – Boychuk, Port (delay of game) 2:58; Wotherspoon, Port (tripping) 14:22.

Second period

6, Spo, Miller 9 (Kuhn, Gal) :40.

7, Spo, Holmberg 13 (Cowen, Kichton) 4:02, pp.

8, Port, Cunningham 21 (Boychuk, Johansen) 4:26.

9, Port, Morrow 6 (Boychuk, Johansen) 10:22, pp.

10, Port, Ross 19 (Morrow, Johansen) 14:59, sh.

11, Port, Ross 20 (Johansen, Wrenn) 19:14.

Penalties – Morrow, Port (trippinging) 3:56; Bartschi, Port (interference) 6:46; Kramer, Spo (tripping) 19:11; Cowen, Spo (delay of game) 9:17; Aronson, Aronson (holding) 13:13; Morrow, Port (roughing), Uher, Spo (cross checking) 17:37.

Third period

12, Spo, Johnson 40 (Koper, Mort) 4:56.

13, Spo, Johnson 41 (Cowen) 5:43.

14, Por, Rattie 25 (Bartschi) 6:42.

15, Spo, Valcourt 6, 12:42.

Penalties – Morrow, Port (fighting major), Uher, Spo (fighting major) :45; Carruth, Port (roughing, served by Leipsic) 6:57; Carruth, Port (roughing), Boychuk, Port (roughing), Kramer, Spo (double-minor roughing, interference served by Holmberg) 14:57; Baldwin, Spo (10-minute misconduct) 16:38; Jordan, Port (fighting major), Cowen, Spo (fighting major) 16:45; Rutkowski, Port (fighting major), Gal, Spo, fighting major) 17:20; Swenson, Port (roughing), Marantz, Spo (slashing) 18:36.

Shots on goal by
Portland      16-8-5_29
Spokane      16-13-19_48

Goal (shots-saves) — Portland: Carruth (W, 27-12-0-1) 41-29; Hamilton (14:57 of the 3rd) 7-7. Spokane: Engle (L, 3-7-2-1) 14-10; Iwan (17:23 of 1st) 15-9.

Power plays (goals-chances) — Portland 1-3; Spokane 1-6.

Referees — Trevor Hanson. Linesmen — Jeremi Del Campo, Chris Carlson.

Attendance – 4,519.

 Scratches – Portland: Brett Ponich, Oliver Gabriel, Josh Hanson. Spokane: James Reid (hip, day-to-day), Tyler Vanscourt, Cole Hamblin, Malek Kalus, Mike Aviani.

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