Courtesy of the Portland Winterhawks
The Portland Winterhawks advanced to the Western Conference Final against Kamloops for the third straight season as they won Game 4 by a score of 5-0 in Spokane Wednesday to complete the second round sweep over the Chiefs.
The conference final will start with Game 1 on Friday, April 19 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at 7 p.m., with Game 2 the following night, Saturday, April 20, also at 7 p.m. in the Coliseum. Their opponent will either be the Kamloops Blazers or Kelowna Rockets, pending the outcome of that series.
Mac Carruth turned away all 30 Spokane shots he faced to pick up his second shutout of the series and fifth of his postseason career, extending his franchise record. Carruth allowed just three goals in the four games of the series.
Chase De Leo opened the scoring 10:53 into the game to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead. Later in the period while killing a penalty, Taylor Peters was sprung on a breakaway and scored shorthanded at the 13:05 mark to give Portland a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes.
Less than two minutes into the second, Ty Rattie scored a power play goal to give the Hawks a 3-0 lead they took into the third period. It was Rattie’s 41st career postseason goal, tying him with Reg Leach (Flin Flon, 1967-70) for second in league history.
It remained 3-0 until the 10:55 mark of the third when Joey Baker scored his second of the postseason to make it a 4-0 Hawks lead. Taylor Leier added another at the 16:31 mark as Portland went on to win 5-0.
The Hawks were 1-5 on the power play and a perfect 1-1 on the penalty kill, with a shorthanded goal.
The Portland Winterhawks will take on the Kamloops Blazers. The full schedule for the series is as follows:
Game 1: Friday, April 19 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 7 p.m.
Game 2: Saturday, April 20 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 7 p.m.
Game 3: Tuesday, April 23 @ Kamloops, 7 p.m.
Game 4: Wednesday, April 24 @ Kamloops, 7 p.m.
Game 5*: Friday, April 26 at the Rose Garden, 7 p.m.
Game 6*: Sunday, April 28 at Kamloops, 6 p.m.
Game 7*: Tuesday, April 30 at the Rose Garden, 7 p.m.
Tickets for Game 1 and Game 2 are available now at winterhawks.com.
It’s the second straight season the Hawks and Blazers will go head-to-head in the playoffs, after Portland eliminated Kamloops in the second round last year in seven games, and the 11th time overall they’ll have met in the postseason.