Paterson helps lead Winterhawks to win
Josh Paterson scored twice against his former team, and Mason Mannek tallied twice, including the game-winner, as the Portland Winterhawks beat the Saskatoon Blades 5-4 on Saturday in Western Hockey League action at SaskTel Center in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Mannek poked home the winner with 2:30 left in the third period as Portland finished its six-game swing through the East Division with five wins.
Defenseman Clay Hanus carried the puck around the net and threw a puck into the crease, where Mannek found a rebound.
The Winterhawks, second in the U.S. Division, are 26-12-3-2 for 57 points after going 5-1 on their East Division road trip. The Blades are 26-13-6-0, second in the East Division.
Paterson, acquired from Saskatoon on Thursday for Ryan Hughes, scored twice against the team with which he spent 3 1/2 seasons. His first two goals as a member of the Winterhawks came from in close on Portland power plays in the second period.
Portland's Seth Jarvis continued his recent surge with his 12th goal of the season 19:18 into the first period, which ended with Saskatoon in front 2-1.
The Blades' Kirby Dach put the home team up 3-1 early in the second period. But Patterson scored his two goals less than four minutes apart, and when Mannek scored at 16:19 of the second period the Winterhawks owned a 4-3 lead.
Saskatoon's Max Gerlach scored his 26th goal of the season, and second of the night, 18:08 into the second, and the game went to the third period tied at 4-4.
Shane Farkas made 35 saves to earn the win in goal. He had a great reaction stop on a power-play chance for Gerlach in the third period.
Saskatoon goalie Nolan Maier made 34 saves as each team finished with 39 shots on goal in the fast-paced contest.
Portland went 2 for 5 on the power play, Saskatoon 1 for 6.
Mannek, who now has a career-high 11 goals, also had an assist. Cody Glass and Jake Gricius had two assists apiece for Portland.
Hughes had two of Saskatoon's shots on goal in his second game with the Blades.
The Winterhawks are idle until next Saturday, when they start a string of five home games with a 5 p.m. contest against division-leading Everett at Memorial Coliseum.
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