Portland’s Sven Bartschi scored the only goal in a shootout as the Winterhawks (10-7-1-1) won a wild game in Kelowna 6-5 Friday over the Rockets (5-9-1-1). Four times the Winterhawks fought back from deficits to tie the game, forcing overtime and eventually winning in the shootout.
Kelowna opened the scoring 8:26 into the game on a shorthanded goal by Brett Bulmer, but the Hawks evened the game at the 12:52 mark when William Wrenn scored his second goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1 going into the second period.
The Rockets regained the lead 1:59 into the second on a goal by Shane McColgan, then extended the lead to 3-1 at the 11:36 mark with a power play goal from Zach Franko. The Winterhawks got one back with under a minute to go in the second when Ty Rattie scored a shorthanded goal to cut Kelowna’s lead to 3-2 going into the third.
Portland defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon evened the game at 3-3 at the 6:49 mark of the third, his third goal of the season. The Rockets would go up 4-3 at the 11:07 mark when Franko scored his second of the game, but just 16 seconds later the Hawks tied it up when Brad Ross scored to knot the game at 4-4.
Kelowna went up 5-4 at the 13:19 mark when Bulmer scored his second of the game, but for the fourth time the Hawks tied it, with Rattie getting his second of the game at the 17:46 mark to make it 5-5 and force overtime.
After neither team could score in the extra frame, the game went to a shootout. At the start of the shootout the Hawks replaced starting netminder Brendan Burke with Mac Carruth, who stopped all three Kelowna attempts before Bartschi’s goal in the third round gave the Hawks the win.
Rattie led the Hawks with three points with two goals and an assist, while Wrenn and Ross each had two points. Kelowna’s Bulmer had two goals and two assists for four points.
Portland controlled play for much of the game, outshooting Kelowna 49-19.
The Hawks play the second of a back-to-back in Kelowna tomorrow night at 7 p.m., a game that will wrap up the team’s nine-game road trip.