Winterhawks rally past Thunderbirds
Three third-period goals lifted the Portland Winterhawks to a 7-4 win on Sunday over the Seattle Thunderbirds in a Western Hockey League game at Kent, Washington.
Seth Jarvis scored a shorthanded goal 4:49 into the third period to give Portland a 5-4 lead.
Kyle Chyzowski's first WHL goal at 10:01 of the third period gave the Winterhawks a two-goal cushion and Simon Knak sealed the win with an empty-net goal at 17:41.
Portland is 3-1-2 (eight points) one quarter of the way through its 24-game U.S. Division schedule. The Winterhawks are in second place, two points back of 5-0 Everett. Seattle, which beat Portland on Saturday, is 3-2.
Portland VP/GM/coach Mike Johnston said his team's game was much-improved from Saturday to Sunday. He said he wasn't surprised the Winterhawks responded to falling behind 3-1 and 4-3 in a wild second period because his team was playing well.
"We just had some resiliency tonight and it came from believing that you're playing a good hockey game," Johnston said.
Knak scored two goals, including tying the score 4-4 at the end of a flurry of four goals (three for Portland) in a 2:22 span midway through the second period. Knak leads the Winterhawks with five goals.
Robby Fromm-Delorme and rookie defenseman Ryan McCleary (first career goal) also scored in the second period. Gabe Klassen scored Portland's first goal.
Captain Nick Cicek had three assists and was a plus-five. Jaydon Dureau and Jonas Brondberg each had two assists. Portland goalie Brock Gould stopped 30 of 34 Seattle shots, 12 in the third period.
Portland scored on its only power play and killed all four Seattle power plays.
Next for the Winterhawks is a 5 p.m. Friday game against Tri-City at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
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