Jack Dougherty and Dominic Turgeon scored in a shootout as the Portland Winterhawks (19-17-1-0) earned a 6-5 win over the Spokane Chiefs (19-14-3-2) Saturday the Moda Center in front of 7,722 fans.
Dougherty and Turgeon each scored on backhands in the shootout, while Adin Hill stopped two of Spokane’s three attempts as the Hawks came away with the win.
The Chiefs opened the scoring on the opening shift 29 seconds into the game on a goal by Wyatt Johnson for a 1-0 lead. The early goal was a harbinger of things to come in a high-scoring period, with the Hawks responding just 1:27 later when Alex Overhardt tipped the puck past Spokane netminder Matt Berlin to even the game at 1-1.
The Hawks then took a lead at 4:27 when Rihards Bukarts poked the puck away from Berlin and into the net for a 2-1 advantage, then made it 3-1 at 8:30 on a power play goal from Blake Heinrich. Spokane got back within one on a power play goal of their own from Dominic Zwerger at 10:03 to cut the Hawks’ lead to 3-2, which remained the score going into the second.
Portland regained a two-goal lead 6:38 into the second when Keegan Iverson scored from in front of the Spokane net to stake the Hawks to a 4-2 lead. Following the goal, the Chiefs replaced Berlin in net with Tyson Verhelst, then just under four minutes later Spokane again got back within one on a goal by Kailer Yamamoto at 10:22 to make it 4-3.
It remained 4-3 until an incredible highlight reel goal 8:36 into the third. While in the defensive zone, Rodrigo Abols had the puck floating towards him in the air. He kicked the puck out of midair up into the neutral zone right onto the stick of Iverson, who went in on a breakaway and scored his second of the night for a 5-3 lead.
Spokane rebounded three minutes later with a goal from Keanu Yamamoto to again make it a one-goal game at 5-4. The Chiefs then tied it at 17:09 on a goal by Evan Fiala to even the score at 5-5 and force overtime.
The Hawks were forced to kill a penalty in the extra frame, but held off the Chiefs to force a shootout, where Dougherty and Turgeon’s goals gave Portland the win.
The Hawks and Chiefs will meet again tomorrow at the Moda Center at 5 p.m.