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Spokane evens series with 8-3 home win over Winterhawks

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Portland Winterhawks, hit with 17 penalties, fell 8-3 to the Spokane Chiefs on Friday night, as their best-of-seven Western Conference finals moved into a 2-2 tie.

Game 5 is 7 p.m. Saturday at the Rose Garden.

Spokane scored four straight goals in a span of 13 1/2 minutes to turn a 3-2 lead in Game 4 into a 7-2 lead at the 6:47 mark of the third period.

Levko Koper of Spokane scored three straight goals to give the Chiefs the five-goal lead, and then the Chiefs added a score late in the third period.

Portland got the final score on Ryan Johansen's 10th goal of the postseason at 18:18.

Defensemen Joe Morrow and Tyler Wotherspoon also scored for the Hawks.

Spokane led 41-32 in shots and was 1 of 10 on the power play, with Portland 2 for 6.

Each team is 1-1 in the series on its home ice in the Western Hockey League showdown between the top two teams in the U.S. Division during the regular season.

Game 6 will be Monday at Spokane.

Game 7 would be 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Rose Garden.