Thunderbirds edge Winterhawks
A three-goal second period lifted the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 3-2 Western Hockey League win over the Portland Winterhawks on Saturday, March 27, at Kent, Washington.
Seth Jarvis scored his first goal of the season and Simon Knak scored his third for Portland.
Seattle improved to 3-1-0-0 (six points). Portland is 2-1-2 (six points).
The Thunderbirds outshot the Winterhawks 40-30. They beat Portland goalie Dante Giannuzzi three times in the second period, when Seattle had some extended offensive zone time and got traffic in front of Giannuzzi.
"We just had trouble on breakouts. I didn't think we made a lot of clean plays," Winterhawks VP/GM/coach Mike Johnston said about the last phase of the second period. "And then, when we needed the next line to go out and sustain some pressure, that didn't happen as well."
Portland led 1-0 after one period on Jarvis' goal off a Reece Newkirk feed. Jarvis credited Newkirk with making the play and said scoring his first goal will lift a weight off of him.
Seattle tied it on a Lucas Ciona goal 10:54 into the second period, but Knak gave Portland a 2-1 lead 50 seconds later.
The game turned late in the second period, when Payton Mount and Jordan Gustafson scored 49 seconds apart for a 3-2 Seattle lead that stood through the third period. It was the first career WHL goal for Gustafson, a rookie in his 16-year-old season.
Portland had a chance to tie it on a late power play, with Giannuzzi out for an extra skater, but had a close-in opportunity hit the post.
Both teams were 0 for 3 on the power play.
The rivals play again at 5:05 p.m. Sunday at the Accesso ShoWare Center in Kent (KRCW TV).
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