Winterhawks Skate Past T-Birds
KENT - The Portland Winterhawks defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 5-3 Friday night at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The T-Birds and Winterhawks meet Saturday at accesso ShoWare Center at 6:05pm. Single game tickets are on sale online on the T-Birds website and at the accesso ShoWare Center box office. The game against the Winterhawks is being broadcast on JOEtv Channel 22/Cable 110.
The T-Birds are 22-28-3-3 and are in the second Wild Card playoff spot in the Western Conference. They are four points behind the Kelowna Rockets (25-26-2-2) for the first Wild Card playoff spot. The Rockets have a game in hand on the T-Birds. The T-Birds and Rockets will meet on March 6 in Kelowna in their fourth and final game of the season.
Seattle took a 1-0 lead at 3:45 of the first period on Andrej Kukuca's team leading 23rd goal of the season. Payton Mount passed the puck from the defensive zone to Kukuca just outside the offensive zone. Kukuca gained the zone, skated into the slot and beat Portland goalie Joel Hofer over the glove with a wrist shot. Owen Williams had the second assist by recovering a loose puck and sending it to Mount.
Conner Roulette scored at 18:17 of the first to make it a 2-0 T-Birds lead. Kukuca had the puck behind the Portland net and centered it to Mount who took a shot. Mount's shot hit Hofer's right pad and went straight to Roulette to the left of the net. Roulette put back the rebound for his 19th goal of the season.
Roulette now has a seven-game point streak of four goals and four assists. Conner Bruggen-Cate had a team leading an eight-game point streak earlier this season.
Portland cut the T-Birds lead to one with a shorthanded goal by Seth Jarvis at 5:01 of the second period.
The Winterhawks tied the game 2-2 51 seconds into the third period on a goal from Reece Newkirk.
Portland made it 4-2 with a goal by Mason Mannek at 2:42 and goal by Jarvis at 2:51.
Cross Hanas scored for 12:02 to make it a 5-2 lead for Portland.
Mount scored a five-on-three power-play goal at 17:38 of the third to cut the Winterhawks lead to 5-3. Simon Kubicek passed the puck from the mid-point to Mount in the left circle. Mount skated around the top of the circle and into the high slot and beat Hofer with a wrist shot. Kukuca had the second assist.
Seattle pulled goalie Blake Lyda with 1:34 left and kept the pressure on but were not able to score a fourth goal.
The T-Birds are now taking orders for Flex-24 Ticket packages. Fans that purchase the 24-Flex Ticket Package will be able to select any available premium seat for any game, in any ticket combination, during the 2019-20 season.
First period - 1, Seattle, Kukuca 23 (Mount, Williams), 3:45. 2, Seattle, Roulette 19 (Mount, Kukuca), 18:17. Penalties - McNelly, Sea (interference), 9:17. Newkirk, Por (embellishment), 9:45. Mount, Sea (hooking), 13:18.
Second period - 3, Portland, Jarvis 34, 5:01 (sh). Penalties - Bauer, Sea (slashing), 1:20. Mannek, Por (tripping), 3:55. Ludvig, Por (major-fighting), 7:09. McNelly, Sea (major-fighting), 7:09. Cicek, Por (high-sticking), 7:14.
Third period - 4, Portland, Newkirk 29 (Ludvig, Jarvis), :51. 5, Portland, Mannek 11 (Klassen), 2:42. 6, Portland, Jarvis 35 (Newkirk, Dureau), 2:51. 7, Portland, Hanas 19 (Fromm-Delorme), 12:02. 8, Seattle, Mount 12 (Kubicek, Kukuca), 17:38 (pp). Penalties - Kubicek, Sea (roughing), 13:42. Hanas, Por (roughing), 13:42. Cicek, Por (cross checking), 15:54. Gilliss, Por (roughing), 17:21.
Shots on goal - Seattle 7-7-7 21, Portland 20-16-18 54. Goalies - Seattle, Lyda 54 shots-49 saves (3-9-0-0); Portland, Hofer 21-18 (30-6-3-2). Power plays - Seattle 1-5; Portland 0-3. Referees - Mike Campbell, Troy Paterson. Linesmen - Brett Mackey, Michael McGowan.
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