Hawks Fall to Seattle in Penalty-Filled Affair

Ben Ludeman

Portland Winterhawks (1) vs Seattle Thunderbirds (5)

ShoWare Center– Kent, WA– Saturday, March 17th

The Thunderbirds took advantage of a penalty filled contest, as Seattle took down Portland 5-1 at the ShoWare Center in Kent.

Seattle got on the board 3:41 into the first period on a point-shot from Reece Harsch to make it 1-0 Thunderbirds. Then, with under five minutes left in the frame, Austin Strand converted on a one-timer on the powerplay to make it 2-0 Seattle.

In the second, the Hawks nearly got back within one on a shorthanded two-on-one with Alex Overhardt and Cody Glass, but Portland couldn’t convert. With 4:08 remaining in the period, it was another Seattle defender, Turner Ottenbreit, burying a loose-puck in the crease to make it 3-0 Seattle heading into the third.

In the final frame, Henri Jokiharju got the Hawks on the board on a shot from the blue-line to make it 3-1. For Jokiharju, it was his third straight game with a goal. But Seattle would would come right back, scoring on the power-play with 6:40 left in the third to go up 4-1. Seattle would add one more late to make it a 5-1 final. Combined between the two teams, there were 15 powerplays in the game.

The Hawks end up taking the season-series versus Seattle 8-1-1-2.

The Winterhawks 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.

Scoring Summary:

  • 1st @ 3:41 – SEA – Reece Harsch (10), Matthew Wedman, Sami Moilanen
  • 1st @ 15:50 – SEA – Austin Strand (25), Donovan Neuls, Turner Ottenbreit (PP)
  • 2nd @15:52 – SEA –  Turner Ottenbreit (9), Matthew Wedman, Nolan Volcan
  • 3rd @ 11:37 – POR – Henri Jokiharju (12), Kieffer Bellows, Cody Glass (PP)
  • 3rd @ 14:20 – SEA – Zack Andrusiak (35), Donovan Neuls, Austin Strand (PP)
  • 3rd @ 16:10 – SEA – Donovan Neuls (22), Dilion Hamaliuk, Zack Andrusiak


POR: 28

SEA: 30


POR: 1/6

SEA: 2/9


POR: Cole Kehler 25 saves

SEA: Liam Hughes with 27 saves

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