Potent Power Play Paces Portland in 5-1 Win Over Spokane


The Portland Winterhawks (20-17-1-0) picked up a 5-1 win over the Spokane Chiefs (19-15-3-2) Sunday at the Moda Center in the second game in as many nights between the two teams.

Spokane opened the scoring 1:42 into the game on a power play goal by Dominic Zwerger for a 1-0 lead. Midway through the frame the Hawks scored two goals 39 seconds apart to take a lead. First, with the Hawks on a power play, Ryan Hughes brought the puck through the neutral zone, split the defense and beat netminder Tyson Verhelst to tie the game at 1-1. Then on the ensuing shift, Skyler McKenzie cut across the slot and took a shot that found the top corner to give Portland a 2-1 lead.

Later in the period with the Hawks on another power play, Alex Schoenborn collected a round and fired the puck past Verhelst for a 3-1 lead Portland took into the second. 

It stayed a two-goal lead until 12:49 of the second when Dominic Turgeon stationed himself beside the Spokane net and tipped a puck in on a power play for a 4-1 lead.

At 10:09 of the third and the Hawks killing a penalty, Turgeon poked the puck away from the Chiefs at the blueline and raced down the ice on a breakaway, lifting the puck over Verhelst to give the Hawks a 5-1 lead that stood as the final. It was Turgeon’s 19th goal of the season, setting a new career-high.

Turgeon finished with three points with two goals and an assist, while Jack Dougherty added two assists.

Adin Hill earned the win in net for the Hawks with 30 saves on 31 shots. Verhelst was dealt the loss for Spokane with five goals allowed on 31 Portland shots.

Portland’s power play scored on their first three attempts of the game, with Turgeon adding a shorthanded goal.

The Hawks will be back in action Friday when they travel to Seattle to take on the Thunderbirds at 7:30.

Scott Harrigan
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