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Hawks rally and tally three unanswered for 3-1 win over Royals

Keith Dwiggins / Portland Winterhawks

Thanks to a run of three unanswered goals and a perfectly executed 5-on-3 in the third period, Portland erased an early deficit and snapped a three-game skid with a win over Victoria.

Game #24: Portland (3) vs Victoria (1)

SOG: POR (28) – VIC (30)

PP: POR (2/5) – VIC (0/5)

Saves: Špunar (29/30) – Cristiano (25/28)

COMPLETE BOX SCORE

SCORING:

  • VIC – 2:52 – First Period – Carter Dereniwsky (4) from Teydon Trembecky and Justin Kipkie
  • POR – 0:27 – Second Period – Jack O’Brien (7) from Aidan Litke and Ryan McCleary
  • POR – 3:28 – Third Period – Gabe Klassen (16) from Luca Cagnoni and James Stefan
  • POR – 4:49 – Third Period – Ryder Thompson (2) from Robbie Fromm-Delorme and Dawson Pasternak

The Story:

Facing another early deficit, the Winterhawks (18-4-1-1) rallied for three straight goals to knock off the visiting Victoria Royals (3-19-3-0) by a 3-1 final and snap their three-game winless skid on Friday night.

Jan Špunar picked up 29 saves on 30 shots for his seventh victory of the campaign.

For the second time this week, the Hawks hit the first intermission down by a goal after coughing up an early tally to Carter Dereniwsky just 2:52 into the contest. Despite trailing, the hosts stuck to their game and quickly leveled the affair less than 30 seconds into the middle frame on Jack O’Brien’s seventh of the year. Camped out in front of the net, O’Brien hammered home an Aidan Litke to score for the second straight game.

As the final frame began, Portland pushed for another and finally got its breakthrough with two tallies in 1:21 to take, then extend, its first lead of the night. Gabe Klassen grabbed the go-ahead 3:28 into the third, finishing off some pretty passing on a 5-on-3 for his team-leading 16th goal of the year. Shortly after, Ryder Thompson finished off the conventional 5-on-4 power play with a blue line bomb that snuck through Nicholas Cristiano for his second of the year and a 3-1 lead for Portland.

The Winterhawks now hit the road for a divisional tilt in Everett tomorrow night at 6:05 P.M.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT presented by BBF TECHNOLOGIES:

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“Just an amazing feeling to be part of the program and take that (solo) lap. The first shift was kind of nerve-wracking, but after that I felt like I could get into my game a little bit.”

Winterhawks forward Ryan Miller

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