SPOKANE -- Brendan Leipsic skated down the left slot and fired a high shot past James Reid at 7:44 of overtime to give the Portland Winterhawks a 3-2 win over the Spokane Chiefs and a 2-1 lead in their Western Hockey League playoff series.
It was the fifth straight playoff win at Spokane Arena for Portland, dating back to last year when the Winterhawks knocked the Chiefs out in the first round by winning four games in Spokane.
The Chiefs suffered a power outage, failing to take advantage of nine power play chances.
Game 4 of the Western Conference finals is Friday night in Spokane with the teams turning around and hustling to Portland for Game 5 on Saturday.
* Max Reinhart tied a WHL record with five goals and Cody Eakin scored two more as the Kootenay Ice routed the Medicine Hat Tigers 7-2 to sweep the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals 4-0 and advance to the club's first WHL Championship appearance in nine years.