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Winterhawks Fight Back to Earn Point in Overtime Thriller

December 5, 2021 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Portland Winterhawks News Release

The Portland Winterhawk fans came in full support, helping the Hawks shatter their goal of donating 3,000 toys to the Toy Drive. The ending total was over 4,400 collected and Winterhawk Seth Jarvis and his family helped contribute to the terrific cause this holiday season by donating 400 toys.

Portland, Ore. - The Winterhawks held an offensive advantage for much of the night as they outshot the Royals 52-18 through 60-plus minutes, but the Royals converted when it counted as they took a 5-4 win in overtime.

Portland carried an attacking mindset from the first drop of the puck on Saturday, outshooting the Royals 16-5 in the first period and picking up a 1-0 lead through the opening 20 minutes thanks to some pretty passing on the power play between Jaydon Dureau, Cross Hanas and James Stefan that led to Stefan's seventh goal of the year.

The Winterhawks kept that momentum rolling in period two, doubling their advantage just 50 seconds into the frame as Aidan Litke found a loose puck in the slot, wheeled around, and fired a low shot into the corner of the net. Victoria picked up the pace from there, though, getting on the board with Riley Gannon's sixth of the year at 2:09. Despite the Hawks again dominating the shot counter for the remainder of the period, the Royals managed to knot the score at two goals apiece as Bailey Peach found twine from Tarun Fizer's cross-crease pass at 10:57.

Victoria entered the third period with a point to prove, as the Royals quickly took a lead, and then doubled it, inside the first seven minutes of the third thanks to Gannon's second of the game and a power-play strike by Evan Patrician. As the period wound down, Portland continued to pepper Victoria netminder Campbell Arnold, and eventually broke through when Jaydon Dureau ripped home a top-shelf wrister for his sixth of the year at 11:59. The Hawks then tied up this thriller with just over two minutes left on the clock, as Stefan deposited his second of the evening on a wraparound that snuck under Arnold's sprawling form to force overtime.

Portland registered a number of chances in the extra frame, including one that found iron behind Arnold, but it was Victoria's Peach grabbing his second goal on the night with a seeing-eye shot at 2:15 of OT to give the Royals both points.

In total, Arnold stopped 48 shots in Victoria's win, while Portland's Lochlan Gordon faced down 13 in the Hawks' cage. It marked the second straight game the Hawks registered 50 or more shots on goal and Portland has earned points in six of its last seven contests.

The Winterhawks next host the Everett Silvertips on Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.


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