The Winterhawks allowed five goals in the third period as the Americans beat them 5-3 in Kennewick, Washington.
The majority of the Hawks offense came in the opening period when they scored twice in a 4:37 window to take a 2-0 advantage. After the goaltenders stole the show in the second period, Tri-City broke through offensively in the third.
With Parker AuCoin scoring 37 seconds into the third period, the Americans cut the Hawks’ lead in half and stole momentum. They went on to score four unanswered goals to jump to a 4-2 lead before Jared Freadrich scored his ninth of the season on a one-time slap shot from the blue line to keep things interesting in the closing minutes. Tri-City scored on the Hawks empty net to earn their sixth win against Portland this season.
With a couple days of practice coming up, the Winterhawks prepare for road game in Seattle on Friday and Everett on Saturday.
- Jaydon Dureau scored the first goal of the night, his first since the Hawks and Americans last played on January 23.
- Haydn Delorme took a season-high three shots on goal in the first period of play alone and has three points in his last two games.
- Josh Paterson increased the team’s lead in the first period, giving him three goals on the year against Tri-City.
- Joel Hofer made a pair of breakaway stops while the Hawks were on the power to keep the Americans off the board through 40 minutes. He robbed a 100-foot breakaway from Parker AuCoin in the first period and an approximate 70-foot shorthanded breakaway from Connor Bouchard in the second. Hofer had 22 saves through two periods of play.
- Connor Bouchard grabbed three points alone in the third period (2G-A) to secure the first star honors. It was his first three-point night of the year.
- The Hawks are now 23-1-1-1 on the season when leading after two periods of play.
THE BOX SCORE (Click the hyperlink to find all the scoring details)
SHOTS ON GOAL:
POR: Joel Hofer with 30 saves.
TC: Beck Warm with 30 saves.