In their second meeting with Seattle, Portland came back twice to force overtime, but they drop the game 5-4 in a shootout at the ShoWare Center. Highlighting the night was WHL firsts from 16 year olds James Stefan and Gabe Klassen.
Both teams found the back of the net in the first period. Captain Johnny Ludvig scored the Hawks second power play goal in as many nights to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead on the road. Just over two minutes later, Alex Morozoff tipped in his third goal of the year to tie the game at the ShoWare Center.
After a wild second period, the game remained tied heading into the final frame. Portland out-shot Seattle 16-to-7 in the middle frame, but Seattle used a couple of power play goals to give them momentum. With a 3-1 lead at the midway point of the period, the Hawks responded with two goals in a 12 second stretch to tie the game at 3-3. James Stefan scored his first career Western Hockey League goal and Jaydon Dureau flushed in a rebound after the ensuing face-off.
Again in the third, Seattle broke the tie game with a Keltie Jeri-Leon goal to make it 4-3. The Hawks battled back minutes later as recently recalled forward Gabe Klassen scored the equalizer on his first Western Hockey League goal.
Both teams earned a point and Isaiah DiLaura made the save of the game in the overtime period, stopping a penalty shot attempt from Henrik Rybinski. In the shootout round, Seattle scored twice and Portland drew blanks on their two attempts, securing a 5-4 victory for the Thunderbirds.
Portland has points in their last three games and wraps up its three-in-three weekend at home on Sunday against the Winnipeg ICE.
- The Winterhawks took a season-high 51 shots on net.
- Johnny Ludvig scored his first goal since November 2 against Seattle. His nine goals is tied with Seth Jarvis for the team lead.
- Four players had multiple point games for the Hawks (Johnny Ludvig, Jaydon Dureau, Gabe Klassen and Reece Newkirk)
- The Winterhawks second period goals scored 12 seconds apart were the fastest two goals of the season.
- Payton Mount and Conner Bruggen-Cate each finished with three points (1 goal, 2 assists). It was the third time Mount has done that in his WHL career and the second time for Bruggen-Cate.
- Roddy Ross made 30+ saves for his sixth consecutive start. His 47 save performance was the second most stops in his WHL career.
Box Score (Click the hyperlink to find all the scoring details)
SHOTS ON GOAL:
POR: Isaiah DiLaura stopped 24-of-28 shots.
SEA: Roddy Ross stopped 47-of-51 shots.