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The Portland Winterhawks are getting into Western Hockey League defensive and goaltending struggles these days, and they came out on top in a game at Spokane on Wednesday, despite giving up a two-goal lead.


Rodrigo Abols went hard to the net, battled for a loose puck while fending off a defender and scored in overtime as the Hawks beat the Chiefs 3-2.

Despite giving up a tying goal with less than a minute left in regulation, Portland goalie Adin Hill played well with 39 saves, and Spokane netminder Lasse Petersen made 33 saves.

Portland (27-25-2-0) struck first on Dominic Turgeon's power-play goal in the first period.

The Hawks made it 2-0 in the second period when Colton Veloso collected a loose puck and banged it past Petersen.

The Chiefs (26-21-4-2) tied it in the third period. Jacob Cardiff scored at 9:26 and then Dominic Zwerger tied it with 59.2 seconds left.

Caleb Jones had three assists. Portland only needed to kill one penalty.

The Hawks play Everett at 7 p.m. Friday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

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