Seattle tops Winterhawks in shootout
Zack Andrusiak had two goals, two assists plus the shootout winner on Friday as the Seattle Thunderbirds beat the Portland Winterhawks, 5-4.
Portland rallied from a two-goal deficit to take a 4-3 lead in the third period, but Seattle tied the Western Hockey League game late in front of 6,124 fans at Memorial Coliseum.
After a scoreless three-on-three overtime, Seattle outscored Portland 2-1, with Andrusiak beating Cole Kehler up high for the winner in the fourth round of the shootout.
The Winterhawks fell to 1-4 in shootouts this season. They remain second in the U.S. Division (38-20-1-4, 81 points), two points ahead of third-place Spokane and eight back of division-leading Everett.
Goals six seconds apart from Cody Glass and Joachim Blichfeld tied the game at 3-3 midway through the third period. Moments later, Ryan Hughes gave the Hawks a 4-3 lead as Portland struck three times in a span of 2:44.
But Seattle tied the score on a goal from Noah Philp with 4:02 remaining. After a mad scramble in front of the goal, the puck popped loose for Philp to pop into a wide-open net.
The first period ended 1-1. Andruskiak opened the scoring off a Philp assist at 14:27. Ty Kolle's sixth goal of the season tied the game at 17:17.
Goals by Andrusiak and Donovan Nuels put Seattle up 3-1 eight minutes into the second period.
The score stayed there for about 22 minutes before Portland surged ahead. Glass' 31st goal of the season came on a power play with 10:13 left in the game. Off the ensuring faceoff, Keoni Texeira sent Blichfeld in on a breakaway to tie the game with his 22nd of the season.
Hughes scored his 15th goal of the season with 7:29 remaining to give the Hawks their only lead.
In the shootout, Philp scored in the first round for Seattle and Glass in the third round for Portland. After Seattle goalie Liam Hughes denied Dennis Cholowski in the fourth round, Andrusiak ended it to give Seattle its third extra-time win against Portland this season.
Portland outshot Seattle, 40-33. Kehler made 29 saves.
The Winterhawks now play four road games in the next five days, beginning on Saturday at Tri-City.