MONDAY'S WHL MATCH-UPJan 21, 2013 - 03:10 MST
WINTERHAWKS HOST CHIEFS FOR DAYLIGHT CLASSIC – Ty Rattie and the Portland Winterhawks (37-6-1-1) welcome Brenden Kichton and the Spokane Chiefs (28-16-2-0) for a match-up between U.S Division rivals on Monday afternoon.
The Winterhawks suffered a pair of weekend losses, dropping a 5-4 decision in a shootout to the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday before falling 4-3 to the Seattle Thunderbirds on Saturday, but remain in first place in the U.S. Division and Western Conference standings. The Winterhawks are 21-3-0-1 on home ice this season. Rattie is three points shy of 300 for his WHL career.
The Chiefs are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to the visiting Tri-City Americans on Saturday night, stretching their losing skid to three games, and currently sit in second place in the U.S. Division. The Chiefs are 2-4 over their last six road games. Kichton leads all WHL defencemen in scoring with 57 points this season, and has a 13-point lead over his nearest competition.
Monday’s meeting marks the fourth of the season between the Winterhawks and Chiefs. Portland won all three previous meetings versus Spokane. The contest will be played with the curtains open at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, allowing the daylight into the rink.