Despite scoring four goals in the first period, the Hawks couldn’t maintain their lead against the Thunderbirds. Seattle stole a 6-5 win on the road.
The Winterhawks will begin the opening round of the WHL Playoffs on the road against Spokane. Games one and two will be on March 22 and 23.
There was no shortage of offense in the season finale. The two teams combined for seven goals in the first period of play. Portland carried a 4-3 advantage into the intermission break, but Seattle responded with the lone goal of the second period.
Seattle went on to score three unanswered markers and the Hawks couldn’t recover from that. On a positive note, Jared Freadrich scored a power play goal with 1.1 second to play in the game. Joachim Blichfeld set up the goal to give him sole possession of the WHL Scoring Championship at 114 points this year.
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- Twenty year old Jared Freadrich finished with a three point night. It’s the fifth time in his four-year WHL career he’s scored at least three points in a game.
- Joachim Blichfeld became the third Winterhawk in the last seven years to win the WHL Scoring Title.
- Jake Gricius recorded two points to give him ten in his last eight games.
- The Hawks finished 8-4-0-0 against Seattle this year.
THE BOX SCORE (Click the hyperlink to find all the scoring details)
SHOTS ON GOAL:
POR: Joel Hofer with 27 saves.
SEA: Cole Schwebius with 40 saves.