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FRIDAY WHL RECAP/Goalie Cole Kehler makes 47 saves as Portland wins 4-1 at Spokane

KEHLERCole Kehler made 47 saves and Kieffer Bellows scored a pair of power-play goals on Friday as the Portland Winterhawks beat the Spokane Chiefs 4-1 in Western Hockey League play.

Matthew Quigley and Cody Glass also scored for the Winterhawks (10-4-0-0, 20 points). Jaret Anderson-Dolan scored for the Chiefs (8-6-1-1, 18 points) who fell to 0-4 against Portland this season.

Bellows scored two power-play goals in the first period, giving him 10 goals on the season.

He hit an open net off a beautiful feed from Joachim Blichfeld to give the Winterhawks a 2-1 lead 14:46 into the game.

In the final minute of the first period, Bellows put home a rebound to make it 3-1.

After Spokane took a 1-0 lead on an odd-man rush goal from Jeret Anderson-Dolan, defenseman Matthew Quigley scored his second goal of the season when his shot from the left point hit a Spokane player in front and found its way past Dawson Weatherill.

A four-minute high ticking penalty against the Chiefs' Jake McGrew led to the first Bellows goal. Attempting to skate around Portland's Keoni Texeira, McGrew hit the Winterhawks defenseman in the face. Texeira returned in the second period with a shield protecting his face.

Spokane dominated long stretches of the second period and outshot Portland 24-9 in the middle period. But the Chiefs couldn't put a counter behind Kehler.

Spokane thought it had a power-play goal 5:53 into the second period. But after a video review, officials ruled the puck was knocked in with a stick above the cross bar and waved off the goal.

The Chiefs continued to push in the third period, outshooting the Hawks 16-8 to finish with a 48-34 shots advantage.

But the Hawks scored the only goal of the final period, with Glass putting the puck through Weatherill on a four-on-four partial breakaway with 4:46 left in the game. Skyler McKenzie made the up-ice pass to spring Glass.

Glass also had an assist in the game and now has eight goals and 17 assists this season. McKenzie and Henri Jokiharju had two assists apiece.

Portland finished 2 for 5 on the power play. Spokane went 0 for 4 with a man advantage.

Kehler improved to 9-2 on the season.

The Winterhawks cross the state of Washington to take on Everett at Xfinity Arena at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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