The Portland Winterhawks win their second weekend game, beating the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-1 on the road. At the midway point of the season, Portland sits atop the U.S. Division standings with a 24-6-1-3 record and 52 total points.
It was a dominating first period for the Winterhawks who spent nearly the entire opening frame in the offensive zone. Portland out-shot Seattle 23-to-2 early on, but the game was deadlocked at 1-1 heading into the intermission. Seattle scored on an odd-man power play rush to take a 1-0 lead on the team’s first shot of the night.
Just over a minute later, the Winterhawks strung together a few more scoring chances. Mason Mannek put a puck hard on Roddy Ross’ pad and Jack O’Brien cleaned up the rebound for his fourth goal of the season and fourth point for the rookie in December. Ross made 22 first period saves to take into the locker room.
Portland scored the lone second period goal as Tyson Kozak capitalized on a rebound, the eventual game winning goal, to make it 2-1 in the 13th minute of the period. Isaiah DiLaura turned aside all eight shots he faced in the middle 20.
In the third, Portland pulled away with a strip and score from Mason Mannek nearly 13 minutes into the final period. Reece Newkirk scored the empty net goal to seal the rivalry win for Portland and Isaiah DiLaura picked up his second win as a Winterhawk.
- Mason Mannek led the charge with two points, the sixth multi-point game of his WHL career.
- The Winterhawks rookies have accounted for 73 points this season, which is the third most among WHL teams.
- Portland’s 50 shots on goal was the second most shots they have taken this season. Oddly enough, their season high of 51 shots also came against Seattle at the ShoWare Center.
- Portland won 12/16 face-offs in the first period and held Seattle to just two shots. That’s the fewest shots the Hawks have allowed their opponent in any period of play this season.
- Portland improves to 2-0-0-2 on the year against Seattle with their next head-to-head meeting coming up on Tuesday for the New Year’s Eve battle.
Box Score (Click the hyperlink to find all the scoring details)
SHOTS ON GOAL:
POR: Isaiah DiLaura stopped 22-of-23 shots.
SEA: Roddy Ross stopped 46-of-49 shots.