Portland Winterhawks (8) vs Seattle Thunderbirds (3)
Moda Center– Portland, OR– Friday, March 16th
It was a night Winterhawks’ forward Cody Glass won’t soon forget. Glass had a hat-trick, five points and registered his 100th point of the season to lead Portland to an 8-3 victory over Seattle at the Moda Center on Friday.
It was Seattle getting on the board first, with Nolan Volcan banging home a rebound with 2:16 remaining in the period to give the Thunderbirds a 1-0 lead. Seattle would carry that lead into the second, but it wouldn’t last long.
Just 4:46 into the second, Henri Jokiharju buried his 11th of the season on a hard shot from the top of the right circle to tie things at one. Then, just passed the midway point of the period, it was Cody Glass beating Liam Hughes for his 35th of the season to give the Hawks the lead. Just over three minutes later, Clay Hanus went end-to-end to set up Kieffer Bellows right on the doorstep to make it 3-1 Portland. For Bellows, it was his 40th of the season.
The Winterhawks were not done yet, as late in the frame it was Glass again taking the puck from out of the corner and beating Hughes for his second goal and third point of the night.
In the third, Portland kept pouring it on. Off a Glass faceoff win, Skyler McKenzie riffled one home to make it 5-1 Hawks. For McKenzie, it was his 100th career Western Hockey League goal. Glass picked up his fourth point of the game and 99th point on the year.
After Seattle made it 5-2, the Hawks came right back with two more from Reece Newkirk and Brendan De Jong to extend their lead to 7-2. Then, with less then six minutes remaining, Glass capped off an incredible night with a wicked wrister from between the hash marks for his hat-trick goal. It also marked his 100th point of the season, becoming the first Winterhawk to reach the 100-point plateau since Oliver Bjorkstrand in 2015. The 9,676 Winterhawk fans littered the Moda Center ice with their hats and gave Glass a standing ovation.
Seattle would add one late to make it a 8-2 final. Cole Kehler made 24 saves for Portland to register his 30th save of the season. The Hawks improved to 44-21-1-4 on the season with the victory.
The Winterhawks are away tomorrow night against the Seattle Thunderbirds and return home Sunday night as they take on the Spokane Chiefs at the Moda Center. Tickets on sale here, and single game and group tickets now on sale.
- 1st @ 17:44 – SEA – Nolan Volcan (32), Reece Harsch
- 2nd @ 4:46 – POR – Henri Jokiharju (11), Cody Glass, Skyler McKenzie
- 2nd @ 10:01 – POR – Cody Glass (35), Dennis Cholowski (PP)
- 2nd @ 13:21 – POR – Kieffer Bellows (40), Clay Hanus, Ryan Hughes
- 2nd @ 16:14 – POR – Cody Glass (36), Lane Gilliss, Clay Hanus
- 3rd @ 3:47 – POR – Skyler McKenzie (46), Cody Glass
- 3rd @ 9:18 – SEA – Sami Moilanen (22), Zack Andrusiak, Dillion Hamaliuk
- 3rd @ 10:21 – POR – Reece Newkirk (8), Kieffer Bellows, Henri Jokiharju
- 3rd @ 13:06 POR – Brendan DeJong (6), Ryan Hughes, Joachim Blichfeld
- 3rd @ 14:02 – POR – Cody Glass (37), Kieffer Bellows
- 3rd @ 14:36 – SEA – Samuel Huo (3), Noah Philp, Jake Lee
SHOTS ON GOAL:
POR: Cole Kehler 28 saves
SEA: Liam Hughes with 29 saves