Season End Looms Large As Chiefs Drop Another Playoff Game To Wi - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Season End Looms Large As Chiefs Drop Another Playoff Game To Winterhawks

Updated:
After dropping Tuesday's game to the Winterhawks, the Chiefs have to win to keep their playoff dreams alive. After dropping Tuesday's game to the Winterhawks, the Chiefs have to win to keep their playoff dreams alive.

Portland took a 2-0 lead in the second period and held off a late charge from Spokane as the Winterhawks defeated the Chiefs 3-1 in front of 3,708 fans at the Spokane Arena Tuesday night. Eric Williams stopped 33 shots and Blake Gal scored his sixth goal of the playoffs as Portland took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

The two teams matched each other shot for shot in a highly competitive and physical first period. Spokane had a prime opportunity to seize the lead at the 9:30 mark but Mitch Holmberg's shot sailed wide of an open net. Williams sprawling save of a shot from Ty Rattie at 11:04 kept the scoreless tie intact.

Portland notched the game's first goal with just 47-seconds remaining in the period as Rattie turned a Chiefs' turnover into a top shelf score and a 1-0 lead for the Winterhawks. Portland outshot Spokane 13-12 for the period.

The Winterhawks defense proved to be a tall order for Spokane in the second period as they held the Chiefs to just five total shots. Portland's offense was just as efficient, stretching its lead to 2-0 at 8:01 as Nic Petan got free in front of the net and beat Williams with a backhand.

Spokane struck for a crucial power play goal at 16:24 with Gal firing a shot past Mac Carruth on assists from Reid Gow and Mitch Holmberg to cut Portland's lead to 2-1. Williams turned away 11 shots in the period to keep Spokane within striking distance.

The Chiefs valiantly tried to mount a comeback in the game's final period but couldn't beat Carruth a second time. Spokane and Portland each tallied 10 shots in the third, with Taylor Leier scoring an empty net goal at 19:45 to cap the scoring.

Williams finished 33 of 35 on save opportunities while Carruth was 25 of 26. Spokane went 1 for 4 on the power play and 3 of 3 on the penalty kill.

Tonight's three stars: Nic Petan (1st), Eric Williams (2nd) and Ty Rattie (3rd).

The Chiefs are home again tomorrow at 7:05 PM for Game 4 of the WHL Western Conference Semifinals against the Portland Winterhawks.

  • Pro SportsProMore>>

  • Shock Talk: Project Manager by Day, Kicker by Night

    Shock Talk: Project Manager by Day, Kicker by Night

    Spokane Shock kicker Taylor Rowan joined SWX's Neil Stover in studio for another edition of Shock Talk powered by VPI Home Solutions on Wednesday, April 23.More >>
    Spokane Shock kicker Taylor Rowan joined SWX's Neil Stover in studio for another edition of Shock Talk powered by VPI Home Solutions on Wednesday, April 23.More >>
  • What Does Russell Wilson's Divorce Mean for the Seahawks in 2014

    What Does Russell Wilson's Divorce Mean for the Seahawks in 2014

    After the Seattle Seahawks announced a statement for their Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson that he was filing for divorce from his wife, only one question popped into my head. What is going to happen to Danger-Russ on the field? More >>
    After the Seattle Seahawks announced a statement for their Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson that he was filing for divorce from his wife, only one question popped into my head. What is going to happen to Danger-Russ on the field? More >>
  • Seattle Avoids an Astros Sweep

    Seattle Avoids an Astros Sweep

    Josh Fields knew he wasn't as sharp as the previous two nights, when he saved games against the Mariners. Kyle Seager noticed, as well, jumping on a first-pitch fastball and ending Houston's hope of sweeping Seattle.More >>
    Josh Fields knew he wasn't as sharp as the previous two nights, when he saved games against the Mariners. Kyle Seager noticed, as well, jumping on a first-pitch fastball and ending Houston's hope of sweeping Seattle.More >>
  • Spokane ChiefsSpokane ChiefsMore>>

  • Chiefs' Holmberg Named WHL POY Finalist

    Chiefs' Holmberg Named WHL POY Finalist

    by Spokane Chiefs Media RelationsSPOKANE, Wash. - The Western Hockey League today announced the WHL Eastern and Western Conference finalists for the 2013-14 WHL Player of the Year. The two finalists for WHL Player of the Year are determined through voting by general managers, coaches, broadcast and media representatives of all WHL Member Clubs. The recipients of all WHL individual awards will be announced at the 2014 WHL Awards Luncheon, which will be held in Calgary, Alberta, on Wednesday, A...More >>
    by Spokane Chiefs Media RelationsSPOKANE, Wash. - The Western Hockey League today announced the WHL Eastern and Western Conference finalists for the 2013-14 WHL Player of the Year. The two finalists for WHL Player of the Year are determined through voting by general managers, coaches, broadcast and media representatives of all WHL Member Clubs. The recipients of all WHL individual awards will be announced at the 2014 WHL Awards Luncheon, which will be held in Calgary, Alberta, on Wednesday, A...More >>
  • Johnson Joins Former Chiefs 50-Goal Club

    Johnson Joins Former Chiefs 50-Goal Club

    Spokane native Tyler Johnson has become only the ninth Spokane Chief in club history to score more than 50 points in a single season in the National Hockey League and only the third to do so in his rookie season.More >>
    Spokane native Tyler Johnson has become only the ninth Spokane Chief in club history to score more than 50 points in a single season in the National Hockey League and only the third to do so in his rookie season.More >>
  • Aviani Signs Amateur Hockey Contract with Utica Comets

    Aviani Signs Amateur Hockey Contract with Utica Comets

    Chiefs forward Mike Aviani has signed an amateur tryout contract (ATO) with the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League, affiliate of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks. More >>
    Spokane Chiefs forward Mike Aviani has signed an amateur tryout contract (ATO) with the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League, affiliate of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks. More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KHQ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.