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Chiefs Fall To Winterhawks 2-1 In Overtime

By The Spokane Chiefs

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Chiefs outshot the visiting Portland Winterhawks 43-31, including a 16-4 margin in the third period, but couldn’t find enough offense to win, losing in overtime 2-1 on Friday night at Spokane Arena. Rookie goaltender Matt Berlin made 29 saves in the loss.

Portland captain Dominic Turgeon found the net first with a great individual effort with only 24 seconds left in the first period. The 19-year-old Detroit Red Wings prospect stick-handled his way past two Chiefs defenders through the right circle before beating Berlin top shelf to make it 1-0.

The Chiefs bounced back at the 3:31 mark of the second period as Hudson Elynuik chipped his 6th goal of the season past Portland starter Michael Bullion to tie the game at 1-1. Third-year forward Markson Bechtold earned the primary assist with a perfect tape-to-tape pass from the right wing to the streaking Elynuik.

Spokane swarmed in the third period, outshooting the Winterhawks 16-4, but Bullion stood tall and forced overtime.

After a largely uneventful two minutes of overtime, Turgeon struck again on the Winterhawks first shot of the extra frame, sneaking his second goal of the night under Berlin on a wrap-around attempt.

The loss pushes the Chiefs’ record to 16-13-3-1, still good for third place in the U.S. Division. Portland improved to 16-16-0-0, four points behind the Chiefs.

Bullion finished with 42 saves on 43 shots faced, good enough for first star honors. Both teams went scoreless on the power play; Spokane was 0-for-4 while Portland was 0-for-3.

Both teams will face each other in a rematch at 7:05 p.m. at Spokane Arena on Saturday night for Throwback Jersey Night. The Chiefs will wear special Spokane Canaries jerseys celebrating 100 years of hockey in Spokane.

Saturday night’s game will be broadcast live on SWX beginning at 7 p.m. The radio broadcast will go on at 6:30 p.m. on 790 KGA AM.

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