Winterhawks end year with win
The Portland Winterhawks rang out the old in one of the best ways possible, beating the Seattle Thunderbirds.
The Hawks had nine players register a point in a 3-2 victory Tuesday night before 10,523 fans at Moda Center.
Seattle scored the opening goal on a shot by Cade McNeilly 5:50 into the game.
Portland got the next three goals, two in the first and one in the second period, before allowing a score at 11:32 of the middle frame.
But neither team score the rest of the way, and Portland's Isaiah DiLaura finished with 17 saves, who went all the way to notch the win.
Portland had 50 shots on Roddy Ross, who kept the Thunderbirds in it with 48 stops.
The equalizing goal came from Jack O'Brien at 10:18 of the first period after assists from Clay Hanus and Jake Gricius.
Kishaun Gervais gave the Winterhawks the lead at 10:52, off assists by Lane Gilliss and Mason Mannek.
Jaydon Dureau got the final Hawks goal, with assists to Reece Newkirk and Johnny Ludvig, at 10:30 of the second period. Newkirk extended his point streak to 11 games while Dureau became the 13th Portland skater to record a game-winner this season.
Conner Bruggen-Cate scored for the T-Birds 62 seconds later.
The Hawks won despite going 0 for 6 on power plays. Seattle was 0 for 1.
The Winterhawks raised their record to 25-6-1-3 (54 points), good for a two-point lead on Everett (25-8-2-0) in the Western Hockey League U.S. Division.
Seattle slipped to 13-19-2-1 (29).
The Hawks are 10-0-1-2 in divisional games, 14-1-1-1 at home and 3-0-0-2 against the T-Birds.
Portland's next game will be 7 p.m. Friday at Spokane.
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