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Chiefs set tone early with three quick goals in win over Winter Hawks

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Chiefs scored three times in the opening nine minutes and cruised to a 7-1 win over the Portland Winter Hawks Wednesday night in Western Hockey League action.

Ondrej Roman, Mitch Wahl and Judd Blackwater scored early as the Chiefs took a 3-0 lead at the 8:28 mark of the opening period. Portland scored their lone goal of the game just over a minute later as Jason Grecica one-timed a centring pass from Kevin Undershute on a power play to cut the lead to two goals.

Spokane regained the momentum late in the first period when a turnover at the Winter Hawk blue-line allowed Seth Compton to go in on a breakaway and score short-handed to make the score 4-1 at the end of the first period.

Spokane got a single goal from Roman in the second before Chris Bruton and Wahl rounded out the scoring in the third period.

Kevin Armstrong stopped 32 of 33 shots in net for Spokane while Kurtis Mucha stopped 34 of 41 Spokane shots for Portland.

Portland went 1 for 8 on the power play while Spokane was 1 for 6.

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