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Chiefs season over

Troy Rutkowski, Ty Rattie and Nino Niederreiter scored in the third period as the Portland Winterhawks ended the Spokane Chiefs season with a 6-3 win Molnday night at the Arena, taking the Western Conference best-of-7 finals in six games.

The Chiefs jumped to a 2-0 lead in the opening minutes of the game but they couldn't hold off the Winterhawks, who face Kootenay in the Western Hockey League championship beginning this weekend in Portland.

Portland's Ryan Johansen, who scored in five of the six games, was MVP.

Long box below.


Winterhawks 6, Chiefs 3

SPOKANE – Monday

First period

1, Spo, Kalus 2 (Bardaro) 2:32

2, Spo, Aviani 2 (Valcourt, Uher) 3:32.

3, Por, Bartschi 5 (Cunningham, Pouliot) 8:17.

Penalties – Morrow, Por (hooking) :25; Cowen, Spo (interference) 6:07; Jordan, Por (high sticking) 9:05; Ross, Por (roughing) 12:11; Spokane bench (too many men on ice, served by Valcourt) 13:08; Cowen, Spo (hooking) 17:06; Morrow, Por (hooking) 18:23.

Second period

4, Por, Johansen 11 (Niederreiter, Wrenn) 9:38.

5, Por, Cunningham 7 (Rattie, Bartschi) 10:38.

6, Spo, Koper (Kichton, Uher) 19:48.

Penalties – Aviani, Spo (tripping) 2:07.

Third period

7, Por, Rutkowski 3 (Morrow, Leipsic) 5:22.

8, Por, Rattie 6, (Bartschi, Cunningham) 14:07.

9, Por, Niederreiter 8 (Johnansen, Morrow) 17:41.

Penalties – Cunningham, Por (hooking) :15; Kuhn, Spo (high sticking) 6:01.

Shots on goal by
Portland     15-14-9_38

Spokane     9-12-6_27

Goal (shots-saves) — Portland: Carruth (W, 12-3-1) 27-24. Spokane: Reid (L, 10-7-0) 38-32.

Power plays (goals-chances) — Portland 0-5, Spokane 0-5.

Referees — Matt Kirk, Nathan Wieler. Linesmen — Trent Knorr, Chris Sweeting.

Attendance – 5,218.

 Scratches –Portland: Brendan Burke, Josh Hanson, Brett Ponich, Chase De Leo, Oliver Gabriel, Pearce Eviston, Mathew Ius, Jason Trott. Spokane: Cole Hamblin, Brady Brassart, Reid Gow, Kenton Miller.


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