The Portland Winterhawks advanced to the Western Conference Final for the third straight season as they won Game 4 by a score of 5-0 in Spokane Wednesday to complete the second round sweep over the Chiefs.
The conference final will start with Game 1 on Friday, April 19 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at 7 p.m., with Game 2 the following night, Saturday, April 20, also at 7 p.m. in the Coliseum.
The Kamloops Blazers beat the Kelowna Rockets in Game 4 in overtime, and will be Portland's opponent in the conference final.
Mac Carruth turned away all 30 Spokane shots he faced to pick up his second shutout of the series and fifth of his postseason career, extending his franchise record. Carruth allowed just three goals in the four games of the series.
Chase De Leo opened the scoring 10:53 into the game to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead. Later in the period while killing a penalty, Taylor Peters was sprung on a breakaway and scored shorthanded at the 13:05 mark to give Portland a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes.
Less than two minutes into the second, Ty Rattie scored a power play goal to give the Hawks a 3-0 lead they took into the third period. It was Rattie's 41st career postseason goal, tying him with Reg Leach (Flin Flon, 1967-70) for second in league history.
It remained 3-0 until the 10:55 mark of the third when Joey Baker scored his second of the postseason to make it a 4-0 Hawks lead. Taylor Leier added another at the 16:31 mark as Portland went on to win 5-0.
The Hawks were 1-5 on the power play and a perfect 1-1 on the penalty kill, with a shorthanded goal.