What a Night, What a Win
What a night at the Moda Center as the Portland Winterhawks scrapped back from an early deficit to beat the Vancouver Giants 2-1 in a shootout in front of a near sellout crowd. The Winterhawks earned their 11th win of the season and second overall against the Giants this year.
For the second consecutive night, Vancouver got on the scoreboard first as Justin Sourdif netted his ninth goal of the season to give the visitors a 1-0 advantage after 20 minutes. After allowing the first goal, Portland buckled down and earned momentum by killing three consecutive penalties in the opening frame, including over a minute of a two-man advantage.
The Moda Center was rocking at the midway point of the game when Kishaun Gervais and Justin Lies duked out a heavyweight battle at center ice. The fight gave the Hawks enough momentum to score their first of the night.
Portland had rhythm in the second frame, out shooting Vancouver 14-to-7 and eventually deflecting in the tying goal. Sixteen year old rookie Jack O'Brien redirected a point shot from Nick Cicek during the tenth minute of the period to tie the game at 1-1. It was O'Brien's first career goal at the Rose Quarter.
After a scoreless third period, each team earned a point in the standings and they went blow-for-blow during the overtime period. Joel Hofer made five saves in the final five minutes and Trent Miner turned aside three of his 27 total saves in the overtime period.
Ultimately, the game was decided in the ninth round of the shootout. Mason Mannek scored the game-winning shootout goal, joining Jaydon Dureau and Cross Hanas as one of the three shootout goal scorers for the Hawks. Hofer turned aside seven of the nine Giants shooters to help secure the win.
Portland's penalty kill is now 39-of-41 in its last ten games with two shorthanded goals during that stretch.
It was the Hawks first win of the season when allowing the first goal of the game.
The Winterhawks won their first shootout game of the season, while the Giants lost their first shootout game.
Nick Cicek has two assists in three Moda Center games this season.
Jake Gricius had one of his best face-off performances, winning 22-of-28 draws.
Box Score (Click the hyperlink to find all the scoring details)
SHOTS ON GOAL:
POR: Joel Hofer stopped 30-of-31 shots and 7-of-9 in the shootout round.
VAN: Trent Miner stopped 27-of-28 shots and 6-of-9 in the shootout round.
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