James Porter Jr. had a whirlwind day on Friday. That morning, Porter, 19, Bonners Ferry, was traded by the Moose Jaw Warriors to the Spokane Chiefs, and Junior packed his bags and headed to Spokane.
He arrived at about 3 p.m.
At 7 p.m., he was suited up, and in the second period, he was in the net making his debut on the ice as the Chiefs battled the Portland Winterhawks.
Mason Beaupit, 16, started his third game for the Chiefs, who are without their top two goalies, but after Portland built a 4-1 lead in the first period, coach Manny Viverios gave Porter the nod.
He stopped 15 of 17 shots, but Portland won, 6-4.
"I know what it takes to play at this level, so it’s just trying to figure those things out," Junior told reporters. "I took that mindset and prepared like I was playing tonight. It was all natural. Just playing here and putting on that jersey, I was a little nervous but in a good way."
Minnesota Wild prospect Adam Beckman set a Spokane Chiefs franchise record, extending his goal streak to 10 games on a power play at 14:26 as he one-timed his 29th of the season in from the right circle.
The WHL’s leading scorer, Beckman now stands alone atop the Chiefs’ goal-streak leaders, pulling away from a five-way tie at nine games: Jaret Anderson-Dolan (2018-19), Adam Helewka (2014-15), Marian Cisar (1997-98), Brent Gilchrist (1986-87) and Terry Perkins (1985-86).
The Chiefs visit the Winterhawks in Portland on Tuesday before returning home Friday, January 10 to take on the Vancouver Giants.
Tickets for all Chiefs home games are available online, over the phone at (509) 535-PUCK or at the gate at the Spokane Arena.