Staff report: Visiting Thunderbirds rally three times, win tiebreaker on Saturday

The Seattle Thunderbirds scored on two of four shootout chances to earn a 4-3 win over the Portland Winterhawks on Saturday in front of 8,214 fans at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.'

It was the second loss in as many nights for the Winterhawks, who picked up one point in the standings with their fourth loss in seven shootouts this Western Hockey League season.

Portland is 35-7-2-4 (74 points), eight points up on second-place Everett in the U.S. Division. Seattle is 20-22-3-2 (45 points), fourth in the division.

Cross Hanas had two goals and one assist and Simon Knak scored for the Hawks.

Andrej Kukuca scored twice for Seattle, which answered all three times Portland built a one-goal lead.

Seattle goalie Roddy Ross, a Philadelphia Flyers prospect, stopped 43 of 46 shots as the Winterhawks outshot the Thunderbirds 46-23.

Hanas' second goal of the night was a highlight. From behind the net, he picked up the puck with his stick blade and whipped it around the post and under the crossbar — the second time this season Hanas has scored with the lacrosse-style move.

That goal came 24 seconds into the second period and put Portland up 2-1. But 21 seconds later Kukuca scored on a partial breakaway for Seattle.

In the three-on-three overtime, Seth Jarvis nearly won it for Portland with a nifty move but his back-hand attempt clanked off the post.

A penalty on the Hawks' Jake Gricius gave the Thunderbirds a four-on-three power play in overtime, but Portland killed it to set up the shootout.

Seattle's Matthew Rempe and Simon Kubicek scored in the shootout, with Kubicek's fourth-round goal winning it for the visitors. Ross stopped three of Portland's four shots, with Jaydon Dureau scoring in the third round to force a fourth round.

Winterhawks goalie Joel Hofer stopped 20 of 23 Seattle shots. The Thunderbirds had five shots on goal in overtime after getting five in the whole third period.

Among Ross' saves were tough post-to-post moves to rob Jarvis and Reece Newkirk during the third period.

In regulation, Portland outshot Seattle 45-18. The Hawks were 1 for 3 on the power play, the Thunderbirds were 0 for 3.

The Winterhawks play host to Spokane at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Moda Center.

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