January 21, 2013, Portland, OR (ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks (37-7-1-1) fell 5-2 to the visiting Spokane Chiefs (29-16-2-0) Monday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in front of 5,347 fans.
Ty Rattie opened the scoring early with a goal 3:12 into the game to give the Hawks an early 1-0 lead. Spokane’s Todd Fiddler tied the game at 1-1 at the 10:38 mark, with the visitors then taking a 2-1 lead at the 15:45 mark on a goal by Mike Aviani, a score that held into the first intermission.
Spokane took a 3-1 lead 6:57 into the second when Fiddler scored shorthanded, his second goal of the game. The Hawks struck back at the 15:02 mark with a shorthanded goal of their own when Presten Kopeck took a feed from Taylor Peters and beat Chiefs goaltender Eric Williams to cut it to 3-2 going into the third.
It remained a 3-2 game until the 11:05 mark when Aviani scored his second of the night to give Spokane a 4-2 lead. Fiddler scored an empty net goal with under a minute to go as the Chiefs finished with the 5-2 win.
Rattie’s goal extended his points streak to seven games since returning from the World Junior Championship, with two goals and 11 assists for 13 points in that span.
The Hawks play the next four games on the road, starting in Spokane with a pair of games against the Chiefs on Wednesday and Friday.