(ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks (17-14-0-3) dropped a 4-3 decision to the Spokane Chiefs (15-12-3-0) Friday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Spokane’s Dominic Zwerger opened the scoring 13:32 into the first to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. The Hawks struck back late in the period with two goals in quick succession. First it was Blake Heinrich scoring on a shot from the point at the 17:47 mark on a goal that underwent a lengthy video review when it went through the back of the net. Then 49 seconds later Keegan Iverson fed Dominic Turgeon, who tapped the puck past Spokane netminder Garret Hughson to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead heading into the second.
Portland made it a two-goal game on a power play at the 9:46 mark of the second when Miles Koules went hard to the net and banged a rebound past Hughson to make it 3-1, the lone goal of the period.
Spokane got within one 5:24 into the third when Kailer Yamamoto tipped a point shot past Hawks netminder Adin Hill to cut Portland’s lead to 3-2, then tied it at the 7:06 mark on a goal by Adam Helewka. Spokane then went up 4-3 at the 14:58 mark on a goal by Keanu Yamamoto.
Portland pressed for the equalizer but Spokane held on for the win.
The Hawks travel to Seattle tomorrow to take on the Thunderbirds, then play their last game before the holiday break Sunday in Tri-Cities.