The Portland Winterhawks (22-19-2-0) defeated the Spokane Chiefs (20-18-3-2) 3-2 Friday in a road contest played in Spokane.
The Chiefs opened the scoring 1:18 into the game on a goal by Evan Fiala for a 1-0 lead. Portland got on the board at the 12:46 mark of the first when Alex Schoenborn streaked into the Spokane zone and took a shot that was knocked away by Chiefs netminder Tyson Verhelst, but Dominic Turgeon flipped in the rebound to even it at 1-1. The Hawks took their first lead of the game at 17:20 on a 4-on-3 power play when Jack Dougherty fed the puck to Cody Glass, who beat Verhelst for the 2-1 advantage heading into the second period.
Spokane’s Keanu Yamamoto evened the game at 2-2 at the 3:03 mark of the second, but the Hawks regained the lead with 17 seconds to go in the period as Keoni Texeira collected the puck and propelled Alex Schoenborn in on a breakaway where he scored to take a 3-2 lead into the third.
The teams then went scoreless in the third period as the Hawks sealed the 3-2 win over the Chiefs.
Hill picked up the win in net for Portland, making 37 saves on 39 Spokane shots. Verhelst gave up three goals on 18 shots.
The Hawks will be back in action tomorrow when they host the Saskatoon Blades at 7 p.m. at the Moda Center.