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Tough Bounces Hinder the Hawks

Jay Wallace

Portland Winterhawks (4) vs Victoria Royals (7)

Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena, Victoria, B.C.– Tuesday, December 11th

Tuesday night did not go the Hawks way, as they lost 7-4 in Victoria to end their four game winning streak.

Four minutes into the game, Cross Hanas skated from his own blueline and danced around the Royals’ defense. The Texas native caught Griffen Outhouse looking as he wrapped it around the net for his fourth goal of the season and was recognized as the WHL’s Highlight of the Night. At the midway point of the period, Ryan Hughes put on pressure and intercepted a pass behind the goal line and centered it to Joachim Blichfeld who scored on a one-time shot.

Momentum would shift in the second half of the period. The Royals rattled off five unanswered goals, including two unusual bounces to take a 5-2 lead. Mason Mannek scored a nifty slot goal off a forecheck battle to cut into the Royals lead late in the second period.

Tarun Fizer answered back with a hat trick goal before the end of 40 minutes. Dante Hannoun added his fourth point of the night in the third period to chase Shane Farkas out of the game. Farkas made 27 stops on 34 shots.

Dante Giannuzzi finished the game, denying all three shots he faced in the final 14 minutes. In the third period, Cross Hanas cashed in on his second goal of the game, his first multi-goal effort in the WHL.

The Hawks will look for redemption on Wednesday night in a rematch against Victoria at 7:05 pm. Portland returns home Sunday, December 16th against the Tri-City Americans. Be sure to visit winterhawks.com/tickets for full details on pricing and availability.

Scoring Summary:

  • 1st @ 4:04 – POR – Cross Hanas (4)
  • 1st @ 10:51 – POR – Joachim Blichfeld (27), Ryan Hughes
  • 1st @ 11:18 – VIC – Tarun Fizer (5), Dante Hannoun, Jameson Murray
  • 1st @ 17:49 – VIC – Brandon Cutler (6), Dino Kambeitz, Tyler Lees
  • 1st @ 19:56 – VIC – Ralph Jarratt (3),  Sean GulkaKaid Oliver
  • 2nd @ 3:47 – VIC – Dante Hannoun (11), Mitchell ProwseScott Walford
  • 2nd @ 3:47 – VIC – Tarun Fizer (6), Scott WalfordDante Hannoun
  • 2nd @ 15:49 – POR – Mason Mannek (8), Jaydon Dureau
  • 2nd @ 17:48 – VIC – Tarun Fizer (7), Scott WalfordMitchell Prowse
  • 3rd @ 5:09 – VIC – Dante Hannoun (12), Phillip Schultz, Scott Walford
  • 3rd @ 9:51 – POR – Cross Hanas (5), Seth Jarvis, John Ludvig

SHOTS ON GOAL:

POR: 39

VIC: 37

POWER-PLAY:

POR: 0/4

VIC: 0/4

SAVES:

POR: Shane Farkas with 27 saves 

Dante Gianuzzi with 3 saves

VIC: Griffen Outhouse 35 with saves

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