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Power Play Powers Portland in Home Opener

Ben Ludeman

Portland Winterhawks (4) vs Seattle Thunderbirds (2)

Moda Center- Portland, OR– Saturday, September 29th

The Moda Center came to life on Saturday night as the Winterhawks beat the Thunderbirds in their home opener by a final score of 4-2. Portland scored three power play goals to ring home their first victory of the season.

The Portland Winterhawks opened the first period with a a bang. In front of a crowd of 7,000 plus, Portland found their energy early and rattled off 16 shots in the first 20 minutes. Jake Gricius cashed in on his second power play goal of the season at the 17:04 mark of the first. The Colorado native joined the rush on the right side and snapped a wrist shot over Liam Hughes’ glove.

The rivalry between Portland and Seattle did not disappoint in the second period. Each team found the back of the net once and they combined for 45 penalty minutes and three game misconducts. Seattle tied the game 12 seconds into the second period on Zack Andrusiak’s second goal of the season. A little over eight minutes later, the Winterhawks would strike on the power play again. This time it was Reece Newkirk netting his third goal of the weekend as he cashed in on a free puck left wing side to regain the lead for the Hawks.

Jared Freadrich, skating in his 200th regular season WHL game, banked home the team’s third power play goal to give Portland a little separation. Seattle would draw one back at the midway point of the frame, but the Winterhawks got the final say with an empty net goal to seal the victory.

Freadrich led all skates with four points (1-3-4) and captured the first star honors. Cody Glass collected career assists 148, 149 and 150 in tonight’s game and Joachim Blichfeld joined the three point party with a goal and two assists of his own.

The Hawks are back on the road in Kamloops on Wednesday, October 3rd. Their next home game is Wednesday, October 10th at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Individual tickets are now on sale. Be sure to visit winterhawks.com/tickets for full details on pricing and availability.

Scoring Summary:

  • 1st @ 17:04 – POR – Jake Gricius (2), Cody Glass, Jared Freadrich (PP)
  • 2nd @ 0:12 – SEA – Zack Andrusiak (2), Nolan Volcan, Noah Philip
  • 2nd @ 8:25  – POR – Reece Newkirk (3), Jared Freadrich, Joachim Blichfeld (PP)
  • 3rd @ 1:09 – POR – Jared Freadrich (1), Cody Glass, Joachim Blichfeld (PP)
  • 3rd @ 10:00 – SEA – Dillon Hamliuk (3), Andrej Kukuca
  • 3rd @ 18:57 – POR – Joachim Blichfeld (3), Cody Glass, Jared Freadrich (EN)

SHOTS ON GOAL:

POR: 42

SEA: 32

POWER-PLAY:

POR: 3/7

SEA: 0/5

SAVES:

POR: Shane Farkas with 30 saves

SEA: Liam Hughes with 39 saves

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