PORTLAND, Ore. - Todd Fiddler had a hat trick and Mike Aviani added two goals as the Spokane Chiefs picked up a 5-2 win over the league-leading Portland Winterhawks on Monday afternoon in the Western Hockey League.
Spokane (29-16-2) won for the first time in four tries this season against the slumping Winterhawks, who have dropped three straight following a 14-game winning streak.
Ty Rattie and Presten Kopeck scored for Portland (37-7-2), which still leads the U.S. Division by 16 points over the second-place Chiefs.
Rattie put Portland ahead just 3:12 into the game, but the Chiefs rallied with goals by Fiddler and Aviani to lead 2-1 after one period.
Fiddler's short-handed goal put Spokane up 3-1 in the second period, but Kopeck answered with a short-handed goal of his own to bring the Winterhawks back within one through 40 minutes.
Aviani's goal with 8:55 remaining in regulation gave the Chiefs breathing room again, and Fiddler sealed the win with an empty-netter in the final minute.
Neither team scored on the power play, with Spokane going 0 for 5 and Portland 0 for 4.
Monday's matchup was the first of three straight between the two teams, with games upcoming on Wednesday and Friday in Spokane, Wash.