Portland 3 – Spokane 2

Photo Credit - Bryan Heim

Well, they can’t all be Rembrandt’s…

The Spokane Chiefs threw everything they had at the Portland Winterhawks last night, out-shooting the Hawks by a margin of 48-19, but in the end, Portland escaped the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena with a 3-2 win.

Mac Carruth made 46 saves in his first start of the season after returning from injury and he looked very solid in doing so.  He wasn’t called on to make a ton of highlight reel saves but he had solid positioning all night and did a very good job of controlling rebounds as the Chiefs mounted pressure after pressure.

It looked early on like it was going to be a high-scoring battle as the two teams combined for four goals in 11 minutes to start the game, but the goaltending and special teams took over and only one more goal would be scored in the final 49 minutes.

The winner is now officially credited to Taylor Aronson as his entry shot deflected off the Spokane defender in front of Mac Engle in net for Spokane and in with just 29 seconds remaining.  Aronson doesn’t score often, just six goals now in his career, but he makes them count as five of his six goals have been game winners.

Sven Bärtschi and Ty Rattie continue to produce as they combined to set up the Hawks first two goals, both by the Swiss import, early in the game.  Rattie now has 10 points in seven games this season to lead the Hawks.  Brad Ross added an assist on the last goal to keep his point streak alive at six games, but his goal streak ends at five.

The penalty kill has been the best part of the Hawks game as of late, killing of 25 of 26 in the last four games.

The same two teams will battle tonight at the Spokane Arena, game time is at 7:00 with the pre-game show at 6:40 on Freedom 970.

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2 Comments

  1. Even though Aronson does not score very much I dont think Hawks fans will soon forget him after his pass to Rattie in Ot of game 7 last season…….

  2. Any idea what is up with the lack of shots on goal lately? Is their gameplan designed for fewer quality shots or are they just not getting the shots they have been used to lately?


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