Calgary quiets Winterhawks
Calgary goalie Carl Stankowski made a career-high 38 saves on Wednesday and the Hitman scored twice in the third period to beat the Portland Winterhawks, 3-2, in Western Hockey League action in front of 5,429 fans at Moda Center.
Cody Glass and John Ludvig scored the goals for Portland.
The Winterhawks are 13-8-0-2 for 28 points, still second in the U.S. Division. The Hitmen are 9-13-2-0, fifth in the Central Division.
The game turned on power plays. Portland was scoreless on five power plays while Calgary was 1 for 3 and scored a goal seconds after killing off a third-period Winterhawks advantage.
Glass opened the scoring 9:28 into the first period, his eighth goal of the season.
Joachim Blichfeld carried the puck off the left-wing wall and dropped it to Glass who skated from just inside the blue line into the slot and slid a shot back inside the left post with Ryan Hughes providing a screen in front of Stankowski.
Jake Kryski's 11th goal of the season for Calgary tied the game at 1-1 early in the second period. Kryski sped up the left wing, cut to the front of the goal and stuffed the puck into an open side of the net.
James Malm put Calgary ahead 3:46 into the third period. Portland had a chance to clear the zone and did not and the Hitman got the puck to an open Malm just outside the left-wing post. Malm faked a forehand shot then lifted a backhand over the shoulder of Portland goalie Shane Farkas.
Riley Stotts converted a breakaway chance to make it 3-1 7:52 into the third, getting behind the defense after the Hawks were pushing for a tying goal on the power play.
Defenseman Ludvig scored his first of the season to bring Portland within one goal with 4:47 left. Jaydon Dureau and Mason Mannek combined to win a battle in the right corner and Mannek slid a pass from behind the goal line that Ludvig put home from below the left-wing circle.
But Calgary took care of business from there. The Hitman had two late goals waved off for being kicked into the goal, but they managed to keep possession in the attacking zone for significant stretches of the final five minutes.
Stankowski was the difference. though. Portland outshot Calgary 40-28 — including 18-9 in the second period when the Hawks were on the power play three times. The Winterhawks power play generated some opportunities in close, but Stankowski stood his ground.
Farkas mad 25 saves in the loss.
Next for the Hawks is a 6 p.m. Saturday game against Seattle at Memorial Coliseum that will be televised on KRCW (channel 32, cable channel 3). Portland also is home on Sunday for a 5 p.m. game against Everett.