Portland Winterhawks

Wild Stun Hawks in Overtime

December 2, 2023 - Western Hockey League (WHL)
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Portland earned a point through two dominant periods, but late heroics from Conor Geekie helped the Wild take the extra with a 6-5 OT win.

Game #25: Portland (5) vs. Wenatchee (6) OT

SOG: POR (44) - WEN (37)

PP: POR (2/4) - WEN (1/5)

Saves: Maric (31/37) - Gee (39/44)


POR - First Period - 0:50 - Josh Davies (18) from James Stefan

POR - First Period - 17:34 - Marcus Nguyen (8) from Kyle Chyzowski

WEN - Second Period - 2:55 - Dawson Seitz (3) from Luka Shcherbyna and Hayden Moore

POR - Second Period - 4:34 - Josh Davies (19) from Jack O'Brien and James Stefan

POR - Second Period - 13:57 - Tyson Yaremko (1) from Kyle McDonough and Luke Schelter

POR - Second Period - 17:25 - Diego Buttazzoni (12) from Luke Schelter and Kyle Chyzowski

WEN - Third Period - 2:54 - Matthew Savoie (10)

WEN - Third Period - 13:10 - Conor Geekie (16) from Graham Sward and Kenta Isogai

WEN - Third Period - 14:42 - Conor Geekie (17) from Graham Sward and Matthew Savoie

WEN - Third Period - 18:59 - Conor Geekie (18) from Kenta Isogai and Jonas Woo

WEN - Overtime - 3:05 - Conor Geekie (19) from Matthew Savoie and Graham Sward

The Story:

A dominant first 40 minutes for the Winterhawks turned into a tough final 20-plus as four unanswered goals from Conor Geekie helped the Wild to a 6-5 overtime win on Saturday night.

Portland held a 5-1 lead through two periods, but the Geekie/Matthew Savoie combo came to life in the final frame.. Savoie struck first at 2:54 of the third, then Geekie tallied a hat-trick in 5:49 to tie things up. After a handful of chances both ways in overtime, Geekie capped off his four-goal effort with the game-winner at 3:05 of the extra frame.

Josh Davies fueled a strong start for Portland with two goals in the first two periods. His first of the night was one to remember - just 50 seconds into the game, the Florida Panthers prospect streaked down the left wing and wired a shot so hard it became stuck in the net behind Brendan Gee. After a brief delay to retrieve the biscuit, the Hawks made it 2-0 on Marcus Nguyen's eighth of the year. A clean Kyle Chyzowski faceoff win found Nguyen at the top of the circle for a one-time blast past Gee.

Wenatchee got on the board early in the second through a Dawson Seitz strike, but Portland responded with three consecutive goals to wrap up the middle frame with a 5-1 lead. Davies potted the first at 4:34, finishing off a Jack O'Brien centering feed, followed by Tyson Yaremko's first WHL goal at 13:57. Fellow rookie Kyle McDonough served a perfect pass for Yaremko to tap home in the slot. Four minutes later, Diego Buttazzoni joined the fun, collecting a Luke Schelter seam pass and flashing it past Gee.

Gee earned the win with 39 saves on 44 shots for the Wild, while Portland's Justen Maric took the tough-luck loss despite a solid 31-save showing.

The Winterhawks are back in action at 5:00 P.M. on Sunday against the Prince George Cougars.

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