Spokane Scores Big And Blows Out Portland

SPOKANE — Spokane goaltender Dustin Tokarski was a brick wall on Friday night, his teammates didn’t do too shabby either as the Chiefs shutout the Portland Winter Hawks 8-0 at the Spokane Arena.

Dustin Tokarski stopped 34 shots on the night, giving Spokane’s defense a boost. But Spokane’s Blake Gal led the charge for the Chiefs, scoring two goals on the night. Spokane has scored 31 goals in their last four home games.

The Chiefs boast a 9-2 record in their last 11 home games, but remain eight points behind the Tri-City in the WHL’s U.S. Division.

Brady Calla, David Conrad and Gal scored in the first to make it 3-0 Spokane going into the first intermission.

It was Tyler Johnson who would score next for Spokane, finding the net on the break away to give Spokane a 4-0 lead at 9:31 in the second period. Levko Koper and Gal would score in the second period as well to make it 6-0 Spokane going into the third.

Mitch Wahl and Steve Kuhn scored each to seal it for Spokane in the third period 8-0.

Tokarski had his seventh shutout of the season, the 15th of his career, both of those setting a new franchise record.

The numbers favored Spokane as they out-shot the Winter Hawks 45-32, went 2-6 on the power play and 4-4 on the penalty kill.

The Chiefs will host the Tri-City Americans on Saturday night in front of a sold out crowd of 10,538.

Saturday night’s Breast Cancer Awareness Night presented by Covey Run Winery, KXLY 4 and Spokane’s River 99.9 FM will be one of four home games remaining on the season. The Chiefs will play three more in the month of March before the playoffs start.