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Hawks blow third-period lead, but win on Abols' OT goal at Spokane


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.