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Hawks Make it Five Straight W’s

Keith Dwiggins

Portland Winterhawks (4) vs Kelowna Rockets (2)

Veterans Memorial- Portland, OR– Sunday, November 11th

Portland closed the weekend on a high note, beating the Kelowna Rockets 4-2 on Sunday evening. The win marks their fifth straight win of the month.

The Hawks continued on the momentum they built on Saturday night. Fifteen minutes into the game, the Hawks scored on a transitional play. Cross Hanas settled the puck in his defensive zone and worked it up the boards to Mason Mannek. Mannek skated in on the left side and shot through a screen to open the scoring and give Portland the important 1-0 advantage.

Offense continued in the second period and the Hawks increased their lead to 2-0. After the Hawks cycled the offensive zone, Cody Glass found Joachim Blichfeld free in the slot behind two defenders. The captain put the pass on Blichfeld’s stick and he knocked it home for his first of the night.

Kelowna cut into the Portland lead just moments into their mid-period power play. Kyle Crosbie cleaned up a pad stop by Shane Farkas to make it 2-1. Farkas played 89 minutes and 46 second of consecutive shutout hockey before allowing that goal.

Reece Newkirk helped the Hawks increase their lead on the penalty kill. Cody Glass intercepted a puck at his own blue line, which led to a 2-on-1 rush with Newkirk. Glass fed the puck right on the tape of the Moose Jaw native who one timed it in for his 12th goal of the season. It was the third time the Hawks scored shorthanded this year.

The Rocket trimmed the Hawks lead again during a delayed penalty. Mark Liwiski worked himself to the slot and shoveled in the team’s second of the night to make it a 3-2 contest.

The Hawks controlled the third period and scored the lone goal of the frame thanks to Blichfeld. A give-and-go feed between Blichfeld and Glass got Roman Basran moving and the Danish forward scored blocker side and recorded his fourth multi-goal performance of the season.

The Hawks hit the road Wednesday, November 14th to take on the Silvertips. They return home on November 16th for a home game against the Everett Silvertips for the Les Schwab Toy Drive. Individual tickets are now on sale. Be sure to visit winterhawks.com/tickets for full details on pricing and availability.

Scoring Summary:

  • 1st @ 15:10 – POR – Mason Mannek (5), Cross Hanas
  • 2nd @ 5:55 – POR – Joachim Blichfeld (16), Cody Glass
  • 2nd @ 9:46 – KEL – Kyle Crosbie (2), Erik Gardiner, Libor Zabransky (PP)
  • 2nd @ 11:08 – POR – Reece Newkirk (12), Cody Glass
  • 2nd @ 16:01 – KEL –  Mark Liwiski (1), Conner Bruggen-Cate
  • 3rd @ 8:12 – POR – Joachim Blichfeld (17), Cody Glass

SHOTS ON GOAL:

POR: 41

KEL: 31

POWER-PLAY:

POR: 0/4

KEL: 1/4

SAVES:

POR: Shane Farkas with 29 saves 

KEL:  Roman Basran with 37 saves

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