SPOKANE, Wash. - Mac Carruth stopped 30 shots as the Portland Winterhawks blanked the host Spokane Chiefs 5-0 on Wednesday in Western Hockey League playoff action.
Portland will be heading to the Western Conference final for the third season in a row after sweeping Spokane in the best-of-seven second-round matchup 4-0.
Carruth played a signifigant role for his Winterhawks as he allowed only three goals against in the series with two shutouts. The 21-year-old turned aside 120-of-123 Spokane shots and heads into the West final with a 1.74 goals-against average and .925 save percentage.
Taylor Peters had a goal and an assist for Portland, which outscored the Chiefs 18-3 in the series, while Taylor Leier, Ty Rattie, Chase De Leo and Joey Baker each scored once.
Spokane's Eric Williams made 30 saves in defeat.
The Winterhawks went 1 for 4 on the power play while the Chiefs failed to score on their only chance with the man advantage.
Portland will face the Kamloops Blazers in the West final after the Blazers eliminated the Kelowna Rockets on Wednesday in a four-game sweep.