Jack Finley has impeccable timing.
For the second time this season, the Spokane Chiefs forward scored the winning goal in the final minute of overtime at Portland.
Tuesday’s tally at 4 minutes, 4 seconds of the extra period gave the Chiefs a 7-6 victory against the U.S. Division-leading Winterhawks in Western Hockey League action.
Finley took a cross-ice pass from Bear Hughes, a Post Falls native, on a two-on-one break and put the puck into the open side of the net for the winner.
Finley scored the deciding goal 4:05 into overtime in a 4-3 victory on Nov. 15 in the Rose City.
The victory, Spokane’s third in a row, pulled the Chiefs (28-17-4-1, 61 points) within seven points of second-place Everett in the division.
Adam Beckman, the league’s leading scorer, had two goals and an assist for Spokane. Finley and defenseman Ty Smith each had a goal and three assists and Cordel Larson, Leif Mattson and Eli Zummack also scored. Zummack extended his points streak to nine games.
The Chiefs built a 5-1 lead just past the midpoint of the second period before Portland (35-7-3-4, 77 points) rallied.
The Winterhawks’ Jayden Dureau scored with 42 seconds remaining in regulation with an extra attacker on the ice to tie the score at 6-all.
Johnny Ludvig had a goal and three assists for Portland, which suffered its season-high third consecutive defeat.
Chiefs goaltender Lukas Parik made 42 saves.
The Chiefs will open a three-game homestand Saturday against the rival Tri-City Americans.
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