Shots on goal favored the Spokane Chiefs in Game 1 of their WHL Western Conference semifinal with Portland on Friday night at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Chiefs were also tough on the penalty kill. The Chiefs were also tied with the Winterhawks late in the second period. But the final 25 minutes were all Portland, and now the Chiefs must dust themselves off for Game 2 Saturday at the Rose Garden. Read story
The game turned late in the second period, when the Chiefs and Winterhawks were tied at 2 and Spokane went on one of its rare power plays of the night with 6:44 left.
“It was 2-2 and we had the power play and we turned two pucks over where we had the puck and just gave it to them,” Nachbaur said.
Spokane had a slight advantage in shots on goal.
“We had some good looks that we shot off the glass when we tried to be too fine,” Nachbaur said.
All of the penalties started to wear on the Chiefs.
“I'll defend our guys on some of those calls,” Nachbaur said. “I just shook my head on some of them.”