EVERETT – Despite 43 saves by James Reid, the Spokane Chiefs came up short in their preseason opener, falling 3-2 to Portland at Comcast Arena on Friday afternoon.
Radim Valchar scored in each of the first two periods for the Winterhawks, who went up 3-0 midway through the third.
Kenton Miller scored a power-play goal for the Chiefs with less than 4 minutes to play. Then rookie Matt Martz made it a one-goal game with 28 seconds to go.
The Chiefs were outshot 46-19 and gave up two power-play goals.
Nine newcomers suited up for the Chiefs.
Spokane plays Tri-City this afternoon at 3 and Everett Sunday at 3 p.m.
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