(ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks (19-16-0-3) fell 4-3 to the Spokane Chiefs (20-12-3-0) Sunday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in front of 7,131 fans.
Portland scored the lone goal of the first period at the 12:59 mark when Ethan Price snapped a shot past Spokane netminder Tyson Verhelst to make it 1-0.
The Hawks extended the lead 3:54 into the second when Paul Bittner took a shot that Verhelst couldn’t handle, as the puck went off his glove into the net for a 2-0 Portland lead. Spokane’s Kailer Yamamoto then scored twice in a span of four minutes midway through the period as the Chiefs tied it 2-2. Portland regained the lead on a power play at the 14:22 mark when Keegan Iverson ripped a shot from the left faceoff circle past Verhelst for a 3-2 advantage the Hawks took into the third.
Yamamoto completed the hat trick 5:36 into the third as he evened the game at 3-3. Spokane’s Adam Helewka then scored at the 14:44 mark to give the visitors a 4-3 lead, which stood as the final.
The Hawks were playing without three players as Oliver Bjorkstrand (Denmark), Chase De Leo (USA) and Nic Petan (Canada) are representing their countries at the World Junior Championship.
The team is back in action Wednesday when they host the Seattle Thunderbirds in the annual New Year’s Eve game, with a special start time of 8 p.m.