SPOKANE, Wash. The Portland Winterhawks are one win from the Western Hockey League Western Conference finals.
The Hawks beat the Spoaken Chiefs 3-1 Tuesday night to take a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven conference semifinals.
Game 4 is 7 p.m. Wednesday, also at Spokane.
Mac Carruth stopped 25 Chiefs shots to lead Portland in Game 3.
Ty Rattie gave the Winterhawks a 1-0 lead with 47 seconds left in the first period, off an assist by Nicolas Petan.
At 8:01 of the second period, Petan scored to make the score 2-0.
Spokane got within one on a power-play goal at 16:24 of the second period, but neither team scored again until Taylor Leier found an empty net with 15 seconds remaining before the announced crowd of 3,708.
Portland went 0 for 3 on power plays and killed three of four Spokane chances with the man advantage.