Winterhawks win shootout at Seattle
After a shaky second period, Joel Hofer slammed the door on every Seattle chance — including three saves in the shootout — and the Portland Winterhawks beat the Thunderbirds 6-5 in Saturday Western Hockey League action at Accesso ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington.
Cross Hanas scored a shootout goal for Portland and Hofer stopped all three Seattle shooters as the Winterhawks improve their league-best record to 35-6-2-3 (75 points).
The Thunderbirds, who erased a three-goal deficit to tie the game at 5-5 through two periods, pick up one point and remain fourth in the U.S. Division at 18-23-3-2 (41 points).
Portland scored five consecutive goals after falling behind 2-0 midway through the first period.
Seth Jarvis had two goals and an assist in the first period for the Winterhawks, including a nifty move around a Seattle defenseman to set up a finish from in tight. Jarvis added an assist on Portland's fifth goal for a four-point night, increasing his team-leading total to 63. The four-point night followed a five-point night on Friday for the projected first-round pick in June's NHL draft.
Defenseman Johnny Ludvig had a career-high three assists for the Winterhawks, all in the first period.
Payton Mount scored twice for Seattle, the first of those giving the T-Birds a 2-0 lead seven minutes into the game.
Portland came to life with Hanas finding a loose puck to open the scoring the the Hawks at 12:22 of the first period. Moments later, Jarvis fed a streaking Jaydon Dureau who scored on a short-handed chance to tie the score 2-2 at 14:50.
Jarvis scored the next two, giving Portland the lead with a one-timer on the power play then using his nifty move to beat Seattle goalie Roddy Ross and give the Hawks a 4-2 lead after the first period.
When Reece Newkirk found a loose puck and scored Portland's second power-play goal less than five minutes into the second period, the score was 5-2.
Seattle rallied with a goal through a screen from Cade McNelly and rebound opportunities converted by Mount and by Simon Kubicek, the latter tying the score with 37 seconds left in the second period.
After a scoreless third period, Hofer made six of his 31 saves in overtime, keying Portland's ability to kill off a four-on-three Seattle power play in the OT.
Portland was 2 for 4 on the power play, Seattle 1 for 4 with the short-handed goal against. Ross finished with 36 saves.
Next for the Winterhawks is a Friday visit to Everett. Seattle and Portland meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 1 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
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