Tri-City beats Winterhawks
For the second night in a row, overtime work paid off for the Tri-City Americans at the expense of the Portland Winterhawks.
Kyle Olson scored a shorthanded goal with 13 seconds left in overtime on Sunday to lift the Americans to a 4-3 Western Hockey League win over the Winterhawks in front of 6,375 fans at Moda Center.
It was the last game before a 10-day holiday break for the Winterhawks. It also marked the midpoint of the 68-game WHL regular season for Portland. At 19-11-2-2 (42 points), the Winterhawks are second in the U.S. Division.
Tri-City, which rallied to beat Portland in overtime on Saturday, is 17-12-1-1 and third in the division with 36 points.
The difference between Saturday's result and Sunday's was that this time it was Portland that scored a last-minute goal to force overtime.
Defenseman Jared Freadrich ripped a shot through traffic from the top of the left-wing circle with 34 seconds left in the third period to tie the game at 3-3. That goal came with Portland skating six-on-five.
Both teams had chances in overtime, including a power play for Portland. Tri-City goalie Beck Warm made four of his 31 saves in the OT.
Olson scored the winning goal after the Hawks lost possession inside the Tri-City zone. Olson was able to carry the puck with speed up the left wing and left a close-range shot over Portland goalie Shane Farkas.
Joachim Blichfeld and Ryan Hughes scored goals for the Winterhawks. Blichfeld also had two assists, Hughes one assist and Clay Hanus two assists.
Tri-City's Riley Sawchuk had two goals and two assists, and Olson scored twice.
Sawchuk got his second of the game off the rush with 7:02 left in the third period. It put the Americans up 3-2.
After the teams battled through a scoreless first period for the second night in a row, Blichfeld put Portland ahead 1-0 at 1:06 of the second period. He scored his 31st goal of the season from the high slot off a feed out of the corner from Hughes.
Olson tied the score five minutes later with a one-timer from the right-wing circle.
Sawchuk put the Americans ahead with a rebound finish at 9:01 of the second period.
Hughes tied the game 53 seconds later with a sharp wrister from the right-wing circle. Blichfeld had knocked an airborne puck to Hanus on the right-wing boards, and Hanus fed Hughes.
Farkas finished with 32 saves, a pair of them with his right pad early in overtime.
Portland was scoreless on four power plays and gave up the shorthanded winner.
Tri-City was 0 for 4 on the power play.
The same teams play the first game after the holiday break. Tri-City visits Moda Center at 7 p.m. Dec. 28.