Winterhawks Top Spokane 7-5 in Preseason Opener

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Aug 30,2014(ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks opened the 2014 preseason schedule with a 7-5 win against
the Spokane Chiefs in Everett, WA.

Portland opened the scoring with a pair of 5-on-3 power play goals in the first
period. The first came at the 9:28 mark when defenseman Joshua Smith scored on a
shot from the point, with the Hawks striking again on a two-man advantage at the
16:05 mark on a goal by defenseman Blake Heinrich.

Portland kept applying pressure through the first and broke through again at the
18:05 mark on a goal by Skyler McKenzie to make it 3-0 heading into the second.

Spokane’s Tyson Helgeson got the Chiefs on the board with a power play goal 1:45
into the second, but the Hawks got that one back at the 7:47 mark on Heinrich’s
second goal of the game to make it 4-1.

Later in the period Portland’s Cody Glass and Reed Morison each scored, the former
on a power play, as the Hawks went ahead 6-1. The Chiefs added a late goal from
Keanu Yamamoto as Portland went into the third period with a 6-2 advantage, while
outshooting Spokane 32-10 to that point.

Spokane got on the scoresheet for a third time 7:46 into the third on a goal by
Riley Whittingham, then made it a two-goal game at the 11:49 mark when Curtis Miske
scored to make it 6-4. The Hawks went back up by three when Glass scored his second
power play goal of the game to give Portland a 7-4 lead. A late shorthanded Chiefs
goal by Jacob Cardiff cut Portland’s lead to 7-5, which stood as the final.

Heinrich, Glass, Smith, Chase De Leo, Alex Schoenborn, Trent Lofthouse and Colton
Veloso all finished with two points apiece in the Hawks’ win.

Portland was 4-8 on the power play and 1-2 on the penalty kill.

The Hawks are back in action at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow morning against the Tri-City
Americans in Everett, WA.

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