Winterhawks 3, Thunderbirds 1
The Portland Winterhawks scored the final three goals and got solid goaltending from Dante Giannuzzi on Saturday, April 17, in a 3-1 Western Hockey League win over the Seattle Thunderbirds at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The game was the 13th of 24 in this abbreviated season and the win improves Portland to 6-4-3-0 for 15 points, five behind U.S. Division leader Everett. Seattle is 7-7-0-0 for 14 points.
Reece Newkirk and defensemen Nick Cicek and Brody Tallman scored the Portland goals.
Newkirk tied the score at 1-1 from alone in the crease on a power play at 15:41 of the second period.
Cicek gave Portland a 2-1 lead with a blueline blast 12 seconds into the third period.
Tallman's first WHL goal came from the first WHL assist for Luke Shelter 5:59 into the third period.
Giannuzzi made 28 saves as Seattle outshot Portland 29-21. The Hawks were 1 for 4 on the power play, the T-Birds 0 for 3.
Portland is at Everett at 4:05 p.m. Sunday.
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