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Hawks edge Kootenay in overtime, go 3-2-1-0 on road trip
A night after giving up the game-winning goal with less than a minute left in overtime, the Portland Winterhawks scored in the last minute of overtime Saturday, with Rihards Bukarts scoring the goal to give them a 4-3 Western Hockey League win at Kootenay.
The win capped Portland's six-game road trip, on which the Hawks (32-27-4-0) went 3-2-1-0. They lost 4-3 at Red Deer on Friday.
Blake Heinrich's late second-period goal had tied it 3-3, and the teams went scoreless in the third period to force overtime.
The Hawks had trouble with Kootenay (10-46-6-0), which has, by far, the worst record in the league.
Alex Schoenborn had two goals, including the opening tally midway through the first period. Then, Jesse Zaharichuk and Zak Zborosky scored 51 seconds apart to give Kootenay the lead.
The Ice went up 3-1 on Noah Philp's goal at 1:11 of the second period. But, the Hawks scratched back, as Schoenborn deflected in a goal. Then, Heinrich tied it.
And, Bukarts won it with a goal at 4:03 of overtime.
Adin Hill made 32 saves. Kootenay's Wyatt Hoflin made 28 saves.
The Hawks play host to Tri-City, 7 p.m. Friday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.