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McKenzie Leads Winterhawks to 3-2 Overtime Win

Chad Baker

Portland Winterhawks (3) at Tri-City Americans (2)

Toyota Center– Kennewick, WA – Friday, December 29th

The Winterhawks scored with just 1:00 minute remaining in the third to tie it and then Skyler McKenzie scored the game winner in overtime to give Portland a 3-2 win over the Americans.

Portland (22-12-0-1) hit three crossbars during the first two periods but couldn’t beat Americans(19-11-3-0) goaltender Patrick Dea, and the game went scoreless through two periods.

In the third, the Americans got on the board first 1:36 into the frame. But the Hawks responded with a goal from Ty Kolle to tie the game 8:24 into the period. The Americans retook the lead 13:58 into the final frame on a powerplay goal from Jordan Topping. With Shane Farkas on the bench and six attackers on the ice, Mason Mannek tipped home a Conor MacEachern point shot to tie things up with just 1:00 minute remaining.

In overtime, Skyler McKenzie buried a sweet feed from Ryan Hughes to pick up his second overtime game winner of the season and gave Portland the 3-2 win.

Shane Farkas made 39 saves in the win. 

The Winterhawks continue the road trip at Seattle tomorrow against the Thunderbirds. The Hawks return home Sunday, December 31th against the Seattle Thunderbirds for their New Years Eve game. Tickets for the season opener on sale here, and single game and group tickets now on sale.

Scoring Summary:

  • 3rd @ 1:36 – TC – Parker AuCoin (7)
  • 3rd @ 8:24 – POR -Ty Kolle (4), Alex Overhardt
  • 3rd @ 13:58 – TC – Jordan Topping (17), Kyle Olson, Dylan Coghlan
  • 3rd @ 19:00 – POR – Mason Mannek (5) Conor MacEachern, Alex Overhardt
  • 3rd @ 2:45 OT – POR – Skyler McKenzie (24) Ryan hughes, Brendan DeJong

SHOTS ON GOAL:

POR: 39

TC: 41

POWER-PLAY:

POR: 0/5

TC: 1/2

SAVES:

POR: 37

TC: 38

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