Portland Winterhawks (2) vs Tri-City Americans (3) – Overtime
Moda Center, Portland, OR– Friday, December 28th
The Tri-City Americans won its third straight overtime game against the Hawks, winning 3-2 in a physical game at the Moda Center.
The rivalry picked up right where it left off before the winter break as both teams found the back of the net in the first period with the Winterhawks getting on the scoreboard first. In the late stages of a power play, the Hawks worked the puck down low and Lane Gilliss stripped it on the end board and centered it to Brendan De Jong for his fifth goal of the season.
Nearing the final moments of the first period, the Americans responded with a power play goal of their own. Kyle Olson connected with a free Sasha Mutala stick to redirect the puck to the top shelf, tying the game at one apiece after one period.
The Americans took their first lead of the night six minutes into the second period when Blake Stevenson scrummed in the loose puck at the top of the crease. The Hawks went on to tie the game with under four minutes to play in the second period. Ryan Hughes found himself in a partial breakaway and he buried a wrist shot in the top left corner of the net.
With John Ludvig being assessed a game misconduct with five minutes to play in the second period and Brendan De Jong nursing a second period injury, the Winterhawks finished the night with a four-defenseman rotation.
Portland made its push in the third period, but goaltender Beck Warm had all the answers. The Hawks fired 17 third period shots on net compared to the Americans’ five attempts and they were all turned aside.
In overtime, the Americans got the lone two shots on net and won the game just over a minute in on a backdoor feed to leading goal scorer Parker AuCoin, who finished in front to give the Americans a 3-2 win on the road.
Portland hits the road to Washington to take on the Seattle Thunderbirds and return home Monday, December 31st against the Thunderbirds for our Battle with Seattle at our Toyota New Years Eve game. Be sure to visit winterhawks.com/tickets for full details on pricing and availability.
- 1st @ 8:04 – POR – Brendan De Jong (5), Lane Gilliss, Cross Hanas (PP)
- 1st @ 17:27 – TC – Sasha Mutala (8), Kyle Olson, Aaron Hyman (PP)
- 2nd @ 6:08 – TC – Blake Stevenson (6), Samuel Stewart, Riley Sawchuk
- 2nd @ 16:38 – POR – Ryan Hughes (14), Clay Hanus
- OT @ 1::19 – TC – Parker AuCoin (18), Sasha Mutala, Kyle Olson
SHOTS ON GOAL:
POR: Shane Farkas with 29 saves
TC: Beck Warm 33 with saves