The Portland Winterhawks are making it a difficult season for the Spokane Chiefs.
Brad Ross scored two goals and added two assists as the Winterhawks defeated the Chiefs 8-6 on Saturday in Western Hockey League action.
It was Portland's fourth victory of the season against division rival Spokane in four opportunities and they have averaged over five goals a game in that span.
?They scored first shift, you don?t want to start in that manner," said Spokane's head coach Don Nachbaur. ?Those are the moments you can start to feel here we go again.?
Chase De Leo also scored two goals for Portland (21-11-3) while Ty Rattie, Joey Baker, Nicolas Petan and William Wrenn added singles.
Jarid Hauptman had two goals and an assist for Spokane (15-11-5) as Liam Stewart, Marek Kalus, Collin Valcourt and Anthony Bardaro had a goal apiece.
Mac Carruth made 28 saves for the win while Mac Engel allowed seven goals against on 25 shots before being replaced in the third period by Luke Lee-Knight.
Lee-Knight didn't face a single shot in the final 13 minutes of the game.
The Winterhawks went 1-for-3 on the power play as the Chiefs failed to score on their three chances with the man advantage.
Portland and Spokane will meet four more times this season.
Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Moose Jaw 4, Kamloops 3 (SO); Kelowna 5, Saskatoon 1; Edmonton 2, Calgary 1; Lethbridge 4, Swift Current 1; Medicine Hat 4, Victoria 2; Red Deer 2, Regina 1; Vancouver 3, Prince George 1 and Tri-City 5, Seattle 3.
At Spokane, Wash., Baker scored just 16 seconds into the game to give Portland a 1-0 lead.
Kalus tied it at 1:48 but De Leo scored to give the Winterhawks a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes of play.
Ross scored early in the second period however, Valcourt responded on a penalty shot, cutting the lead back to one goal.
Rattie then scored on the power play at 9:46 and Ross added his second of the game at 17:25, making it 5-2, but Hauptman scored with one second remaining in the second period to make it 5-3 Winterhawks heading into the final period.
De Leo scored his second of the game 4:15 into the third and Petan added another at 5:42 to make it 7-3.
Petan's goal was enough for Spokane as they pulled Engel from goal and replaced him with Lee-Knight.
Bardaro and Stewart got the Chiefs back into the game with back to back goals, making it 7-5 with two minutes to play.
Unfortunately for them, Wrenn scored on an empty net at 19:29 for Portland's eighth and final goal.
Hauptman scored his second of the game eight seconds later however it wasn't enough as Portland came away with the 8-6 victory.
Warriors 4 Blazers 3 (SO)
At Moose Jaw, Sask., Andrew Johnson had a goal and an assist in regulation time and the game-winning goal in the shootout as the Warriors (22-9-4) beat Kamloops (24-9-2).
Rockets 5 Blades 1
At Saskatoon, Carter Rigby scored once and set up two others as Kelowna (14-16-5) defeated the Blades (20-14-1).
Oil Kings 2 Hitmen 1
At Edmonton, The Oil Kings (23-8-3) picked up their 11th straight victory and 15th straight on home ice after beating Calgary (17-15-3).
Hurricanes 4 Broncos 1
At Lethbridge, Alta., Damien Ketlo stopped 35 shots, leading the Hurricanes (14-22-1) over Swift Current (14-18-4). The win is a season high fourth in a row.
Tigers 4 Royals 2
At Medicine Hat, Alta., Hunter Shinkaruk scored twice as the Tigers (20-12-4) defeated Victoria (13-20-4).
Rebels 2 Pats 1
At Red Deer, Alta., Turner Elson???s goal at 1:05 of the second period stood up as the winner as the Rebels (16-16-3) edged Regina (18-15-3).
Giants 3 Cougars 1
At Prince George, B.C., Cain Franson led the way for Vancouver (22-12-2) with two goals to defeat the Cougars (12-21-2) for the second time in as many days.
Americans 5 Thunderbirds 3
At Kent, Wash., Justin Feser and Patrick Holland scored two third-period goals each to help Tri-City (27-7-0) come from behind to beat Seattle (13-17-1).