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SATURDAY WHL RECAP/Americans overcome late two-goal deficit then beat Portland in overtime at Kennewick, Washington

WH 19-11-1-2 40

TC 16-12-1-1 34

A game the Portland Winterhawks controlled for long stretches and should have won turned into a 3-2 Western Hockey League win for the Tri-City Americans on Saturday at Kennewick, Washington.

Aaron Hyman scored 3:26 into overtime to lift Tri-City to the unlikely win.

A 2-0 Portland lead disappeared thanks to a fluke bounce for one Tri-City goal and a power-play goal with less than 10 seconds left in the third period.

Joachim Blichfeld and Michal Kvasnica scored for the Winterhawks.

Portland is 19-11-1-2 for 41 points. Tri-City is 16-12-1-1 for 34 points.

Blichfeld scored a short-handed breakaway with 1:33 left in the second period to open the scoring. It was his 30th goal of the season and his third shorthanded tally. Jake Gricius made the pass that sprung Blichfeld.

Kvasnica's fourth goal of the season made it 2-0 for Portland with 7:13 left in the third period.

The first goal for the Americans came with 5:26 remaining when a centering attempt deflected off of Portland's Nick Perna and past goalie Shane Farkas.

The tying goal came with Tri-City skating six on four. With goalie Beck Warm pulled for an extra attacker, Blichfeld was penalized for delay of game when his clearing attempt went out of play with a minute remaining. The Americans converted when Nolan Yaremko put home a pass from Parker AuCoin with just under 10 seconds left.

Portland had several looks in overtime, including a close-in shot from Brendan De Jong that Warm smothered. Portland had four shots on goal in overtime but Tri-City converted it's one shot.

The Winterhawks had three chances to build the lead early in the third period but Warm denied a pair of breakaways and a Kvasnica shot caught the crossbar.

Tri-City had only 15 shots on goal through two periods but generated 18 shots in the third period.

The same two teams play at 5 p.m. Sunday at Moda Center, the final game before an 11-day holiday break.


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