The Portland Winterhawks now lead the WHL s Western Conference Finals 2-1 after an overtime victory in Game 3 against the Spokane Chiefs. Brendan Leipsic scored the deciding goal 7:44 into the overtime period to make it a 3-2 game.
After losing Game 1, the Winterhawks now hold an edge in the best-of-seven series. The Winterhawks have not lost on the road in the playoffs.
Spokane s Jared Cowen scored 15:07 into the first period to give the Chiefs their first lead. Portland answered a minute later with a goal by Taylor Peters. The game remained tied at 1-1 through a scoreless second period.
Spokane retook the lead 8:40 into the third period with a goal by Levko Koper. It was his fifth goal of the playoffs. The Chiefs looked to be headed for a win, but Ryan Johansen scored with just 2:14 remaining in the third period to tie the game and send it to overtime. Johansen has scored 9 goals in the playoffs.
Mac Carruth, who was named CHL Goalie of the Week earlier in the day, stopped 41 of Spokane s 43 shots. Portland had just 32 shots on goal.
Game 4 will be played Friday at 7:05 p.m. in Spokane. Game 5 will be played Saturday at the Rose Garden in Portland.