SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Chiefs scored on their first two shots, and that would be all that they needed as they skated to a 5-1 win over the Portland Winter Hawks on Wednesday in the Western Hockey League.
With the loss, the Winter Hawks losing streak extended to 21 games.
Jared Spurgeon had a goal and three assists to lead Spokane, while Chris Bruton had a goal and two assists, Mitch Wahl had two goals and Drayson Bowman had two assists for the Chiefs. Justin McCrae had the other Spokane goal.
Defenceman Travis Bobbee replied for Portland.
The Chiefs struck quickly, scoring goals just 18 seconds apart in the opening two minutes. Spurgeon opened the scoring when his point shot deflected off a body in front of Jordan White, who started in net for Portland. Then Wahl's wrister from the right circle beat White cleanly, prompting Portland Coach Rich Kromm to pull White in favor of Kurtis Mucha.
Mucha stopped 40 of 43 shots in relief for Portland (9-54-2-1), while Kevin Armstrong handled 23 of 24 shots in net for Spokane (45-14-1-5).
Portland's lone goal came in the opening minute of the third period when Bobbee's point shot hit a defender in front of Armstrong and into the net to make the score 3-1 at that point, but Spokane would score twice more to round out the scoring.