Winterhawks Fall 4-1 in Spokane Wednesday


(ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks (21-18-0-3) dropped a 4-1 decision in Spokane Wednesday against the Chiefs (22-14-3-0).

Portland scored the lone goal of the first 14:07 into the frame when Keoni Texeira and Oliver Bjorkstrand perfectly executed a give-and-go, with Bjorkstrand converting to make it 1-0.

Spokane evened the game 4:53 into the second on a goal by Jason Fram, snapping Portland netminder Adin Hill’s shutout streak at 173:31, just 1:16 shy of the franchise record. The Chiefs took a 2-1 lead when Devon McAndrews scored at 9:13, which remained the score going into the third.

McAndrews struck for his second of the game 1:50 into the third as Spokane went up 3-1, and while the Hawks pressed to close the gap, Spokane’s Adam Helewka scored a late empty net goal to seal the Chiefs’ 4-1 win.

Hill, named CHL Goaltender of the Week earlier in the day, stopped 44 of the 47 shots he faced. Spokane netminder Garret Hughson made 38 saves on 39 Portland shots.

Bjorkstrand was back in the lineup following his stint in the World Junior Championship representing his native Denmark. Nic Petan was with the team in Spokane but was given the night off. He helped lead Canada to a gold medal in the tournament.

Defenseman Adam Henry made his Winterhawks debut in the game after being acquired in a trade yesterday with the Saskatoon Blades. Goaltender Evan Johnson was in the lineup as Adin Hill’s backup after the Hawks traded for him from the Calgary Hitmen yesterday.

The Hawks and Chiefs meet again Friday in Spokane.