Winterhawks edge Thunderbirds
Goals from four different Winterhawks were just enough to overcome a hat trick for Seattle's Zack Andrusiak on Saturday as Portland won 4-3 in Western Hockey League action in front of 5,357 fans at Memorial Coliseum.
Reece Newkirk, Jaydon Dureau, Cody Glass and Mason Mannek scored for the Winterhawks, who outshot the Thunderbirds 45-18 but had to hold on late thanks to a strong game from Seattle goalie Liam Hughes, who finished with 41 saves.
Portland improved to 14-8-0-2 (30 points) and remained second in the U.S. Division. Seattle is 8-12-3-0 (19).
The first two goals came 20 seconds apart with Seattle on a power play. Newkirk scored shorthanded for the Winterhawks off a Glass feed 7:23 into the game. Andrusiak tied it 20 seconds later.
Dureau's third WHL goal with 1:02 left in the first period put Portland up at the first intermission.
Glass scored 18 seconds into the second period, taking a cross-ice pass from Joachim Blichfeld and one-timing it past Hughes.
Andrusiak's second goal, 5:05 into the second, made the score 3-2.
Mannek scored with 1:17 left in the second period, a rebound goal from a sharp angle to the right of the goal, to give Portland a 4-2 advantage.
The Winterhawks dominated possession for most of the third period, but Hughes made several big stops to keep the Thunderbirds within two.
Andrusiak's third goal of the night, with 45.2 seconds left and Hughes on the bench for a sixth skater, gave Seattle late hope. But Portland prevented any more quality chances.
Newkirk had an assist to go with his 14th goal of the season. Glass picked up his 33rd assist to go with his ninth goal. Blichfeld is up to 25 assists and 45 points.
Andrusiak is up to 15 goals for Seattle.
Portland was 1 for 4 on the power play; Seattle was 1 for 3 with a shorthanded goal allowed.
Winterhawks goalie Shane Farkas made only 15 saves in the win.
The Winterhawks are back at the coliseum at 5 p.m. Sunday against U.S. Division-leading Everett.