Portland showed resilience on the road to erase a 2-0 deficit and beat Prince George 3-2. All three Winterhawks goals came on the power play.
The Hawks gave up the first two goals of the game, one coming on the power play from NHL Central Scouting defenseman Cole Moberg and the other from Matéj Toman in the second period.
Portland scrapped one back on the man advantage before the end of the second period. Jake Gricius buried the rebound, his 25th goal of the season. With momentum heading into the intermission, the Hawks won the third period on the road.
Less than three minutes into the third, Paterson batted in a puck mid air to tie the game at 2-2, giving him his second straight 50-point season. With a later power play chance, Joachim Blichfeld one-timed in his ninth game-winning goal of the year and 53rd overall goal of the season.
It was the fifth time this season the Hawks charged back from a deficit after 40 minutes to win the game. The rematch comes on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.
- Joachim Blichfeld took home top star honors for his three-point outing (G-2A). It’s the 27th time in his WHL career he recorded at least three points in a game. He remains at the top of WHL scoring lead with 53 goals and 110 points.
- Jake Gricius is hot for the Hawks. He now has goals in three straight games, points in four straight, is tied for the team lead with 16 power play goals on the season and has a team-high six points against Prince George. He also finished with three points (G-2A).
- Josh Paterson records his 30th career multi-point game, giving him four points in his last two road games.
- Joel Hofer denied 40 shots en route to his 8th win with the Hawks. His 40 saves were the second most in a Winterhawks jersey.
- It was the first time since December 31st (6-3 Win vs. Seattle) that the Winterhawks scored three power play goals.
THE BOX SCORE (Click the hyperlink to find all the scoring details)
SHOTS ON GOAL:
POR: Joel Hofer with 40 saves.
PG: Taylor Gauthier with 24 saves.