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Birds top Hawks 5-2, rematch in Portland tomorrow

Dave Crawford / Portland Winterhawks

A tight first 20 minutes gave way to four Seattle goals in the final forty minutes as the Thunderbirds took a 5-2 win on Friday.

Game #64: Portland (2) at Seattle (5)

SOG: POR (21) – SEA (30)

PP: POR (1/6) – SEA (1/5)

Saves: Giannuzzi (18/23), Špunar (7/7) – Ratzlaff (19/21)

COMPLETE BOX SCORE

SCORING:

  • SEA – 2:05 – First Period – Mekai Sanders (5) from Sam Popowich and Nico Myatovic
  • POR – 5:45 – First Period – Jack O’Brien (12) from James Stefan and Luca Cagnoni
  • SEA – 1:10 – Second Period – Dylan Guenther (8) from Brad Lambert and Lucas Ciona
  • SEA – 7:08 – Second Period – Luke Prokop (4) from Jeremy Hanzel
  • POR – 15:35 – Second Period – Josh Zakreski (11) from Kyle Chyzowski and Ryan McCleary
  • SEA – 18:50 – Second Period – Kevin Korchinski (9) from Jeremy Hanzel and Mekai Sanders
  • SEA – 0:51 – Third Period – Brad Lambert (15) from Kevin Korchinski and Dylan Guenther

The Story:

Goals from Jack O’Brien and Josh Zakreski kept the Winterhawks (39-18-4-3) close through 40 minutes, but four goals in the final two periods helped the Thunderbirds (51-9-1-2) to a 5-2 win on Friday night.

Seattle took an initial lead two minutes into the tilt on Mekai Sanders’ fifth of the year, but the Hawks soon responded with O’Brien’s power-play strike. As Luca Cagnoni cycled the puck over to James Stefan at the right circle, O’Brien emerged in the slot for a deflection that found its way past Scott Ratzlaff to tie the game.

The T-Birds again broke the tie early in the second when Dylan Guenther found twine, then doubled their lead six minutes later as Luke Prokop lit the lamp. Pushing late, Portland returned to the scoresheet when Josh Zakreski banked a shot in at 15:35 to get his team within a goal, but a Kevin Korchinski strike sent Seattle into the break up by two. Another early strike in the third period from Brad Lambert made it a three-goal lead, and the T-Birds held on from there for a 5-2 win.

The Winterhawks and Thunderbirds face off again during Oregon Hockey History Night at the VMC tomorrow night at 6:00 P.M.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT presented by BBF TECHNOLOGIES:

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“We played good tonight. We made a few individual mistakes. In games against Seattle, the difference is so small. We gotta look at the details and have the same energy tomorrow.”

Winterhawks defenseman Marek Alscher

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