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Hawks Honor Legends But Fall to Americans

Chad Baker

Portland Winterhawks (2) vs Tri-City Americans (6)

Veterans Memorial Coliseum– Portland, OR– Saturday, March 10th

The Winterhawks inducted Marian Hossa, Brenden Morrow, Andrew Ference and Todd Robinson into the Winterhawks Hall of Fame prior to tonight’s game against the Americans. Portland also honored the entire 1998 Memorial Cup winning team in an incredible pregame ceremony.

The current installment of the Hawks however, could not capitalize on early chances and fell 6-2 to the Americans.

Portland outshot Tri-City 13-5 in the first period but were behind 2-0 after 20 minutes. Goals from Michael Rasmussen and Juuso Valimaki gave the Americans the lead.

In the second, the Hawks pulled back within one on a goal from Alex Overhardt. Ryan Hughes fed a saucer pass to Overhardt backdoor, who beat Patrick Dea. For Overhardt, it was his 15th on the season, a new career-high. But Tri-City responded when Isaac Johnson beat Shane Farkas, after a strange deflection fooled everyone but Johnson. The Americans carried a 3-1 lead into the final frame.

Early in the third, Rasmussen buried his second of the game on the powerplay to make it 4-1 Americans. After Tri-City scored another, it was Joachim Blichfeld punching home his 24th of the season on a beautiful pass from Overhardt. Down by three, Portland would pull their goaltender, but to no avail as Riley Sawchuck put home an empty-netter to make it a 6-2 final.

The Hawks outshot the Americans 40-29 in the loss.

The Winterhawks are home tomorrow night against the Everett Silvertips in the Moda Center. Tickets on sale here, and single game and group tickets now on sale.

Scoring Summary:

  • 1st @ 15:00 – TC – Michael Rasmussen (26), Juuso Valimaki, Morgan Geekie (PP)
  • 1st @ 18:26 – TC – Juuso Valimaki (13), Dan Gatenby, Morgan Geekie
  • 2nd @ 0:27 – POR – Alex Overhardt (15), Ryan Hughes, Joachim Blichfeld
  • 2nd @ 7:39 – TC – Isaac Johnson (17), Jordan Topping, Nolan Yaremko
  • 3rd @ 1:40 – TC – Michael Rasmussen (27), Jake Bean, Juuso Valimaki (PP)
  • 3rd @ 4:55 – TC – Bret Clayton (4), Morgan Geekie, Sasha Mutala
  • 3rd @ 10:27 – POR – Joachim Blichfeld (24), Alex Overhardt, Ryan Hughes
  • 3rd @ 17:17 – TC – Riley Sawchuck (13), Sasha Mutala

SHOTS ON GOAL:

POR: 40

TC: 29

POWER-PLAY:

POR: 0/2

TC: 2/3

SAVES:

POR: Shane Farkas with 18 saves

Cole Kehler with 5 saves

TC: Patrick Dea with 38 saves

 

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