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Three in a Row for Portland

Ben Ludeman

Portland Winterhawks (5) vs Kamloops Blazers (3)

Sandman Centre- Kamloops, BC– Friday, October 5th

The Winterhawks battled in the third and won a game that was dictated by special teams play.

The power play could not be stopped on Friday night. Portland was able to strike twice on a major penalty to take the early road lead. In his first game action of the season, forward Ryan Hughes ripped in his first goal of the season from Brendan De Jong and Seth Jarvis. The Winterhawks would put in their second of the frame on the power play 22 seconds later thanks to Joachim Blichfeld. That goal put the Danish forward at the top of the WHL leaderboard with his fourth power play goal of the year. The Blazers responded with a power play goal of their own in the final two minutes of the frame to cut the lead in half heading into our first intermission break.

The second period tipped the Blazers way. They out-shot the Hawks 12 to 3 and scored twice. Just as a power play expired, Connor Zary scored his first of the season to tie the game at the midway point of the second. With seven seconds to play in the period, Zane Franklin scored blocker side on Farkas during a 5-on-3 power play to give Kamloops its first lead of the night. That was Franklin’s second goal of the game.

Coming back from the second period intermission, Joachim Blichfeld earned himself a 110-foot shorthanded, breakaway and he capitalized on nice backhanded deke in tight. A few moments later, Blichfeld found Jake Gricius for a one-time goal in the slot one second after the penalty expired to regain a lead for Portland.

Shane Farkas stood strong in the third period, blocking all ten shots that came his way and Mason Mannek sealed the victory with an empty net goal.

The Hawks are set to take on the Everett Silvertips tomorrow, October 6th on at the Angels of the Winds Arena. 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 @ 14:42 – POR – Ryan Hughes (1), Brendan De Jong, Seth Jarvis (PP)
  • 1st @ 15:04 – POR – Joachim Blichfeld (4), Cody Glass, John Ludvig (PP)
  • 1st @ 18:40 – KAM – Zane Franklin (4), Nolan Kneen (PP)
  • 2nd @ 9:08 – KAM – Connor Zary (1), Luke Zazula, Quinn Schmiemann
  • 2nd @ 19:53 – KAM – Zane Franklin (2), Nolan Keneen, Dylan Ferguson (PP)
  • 3rd @ 0:18 – POR – Joachim Blichfeld (5)
  • 3rd @ 1:36 – POR – Jake Gricius (4), Joachim Blichfeld
  • 3rd @ 18:43 – POR – Mason Mannek (2), Jared Freadrich (EN)

SHOTS ON GOAL:

POR: 30

KAM: 25

POWER-PLAY:

POR: 2/6

KAM: 2/7

SAVES:

POR: Shane Farkas with 22 saves

KAM: Dylan Ferguson with 25 saves

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