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Mucha comes up big, stopping 39 shots to help Portland defeat Spokane 2-1

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Kurtis Mucha stopped 39 shots and the Portland Winter Hawks got their second consecutive road win, knocking off the Spokane Chiefs by a score of 2-1 in Western Hockey League action Friday night.

The win snapped an 11-game losing streak for Portland in Spokane, having not won against the Chiefs on the road since November 23, 2005. This is also first time Portland (4-13-0-0) has won back-to-back road games since February 22-25, 2006, when the Hawks won three straight away from home.

The teams were scoreless until halfway through the second period when Riley Boychuk fed Tayler Jordan on a two-on-one break for Jordan's first goal of the season to put the Winter Hawks up 1-0. Just 18 seconds later, Portland would net the eventual game-winner on a controversial play as Chris Francis' shot was deflected over the glass and into the mesh by Spokane goaltender Dustin Tokarski for what should have been a stoppage of play. Neither referee Steve Papp or Colby Smith blew their whistle, and Brock Cornish beat Tokarski with a wrist shot to give the Hawks a two-goal lead.

Steven Kuhn would get a power play goal for Spokane in the third, but that would be it for the Chiefs as the Mucha shut the door to preserve the victory. Tokarski would made 24 saves in the loss for Spokane.

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