The Portland Winterhawks (15-2-0-1) ran their winning streak to nine games with a 4-2 win on the road against the Swift Current Broncos (10-11-0-0) Tuesday night in the first game of a six-game road trip. The Winterhawks scored three third period goals to get the victory.
The nine straight wins is the longest streak in the league, and gives Portland a league-high 31 points.
It was Swift Current who got on the board first 2:27 into the game when Andy Blanke scored a power play goal. The Winterhawks got that one back at the 5:42 mark when Tayler Jordan beat Broncos netminder Mark Friesen to even the game at 1-1 with his second goal of the season. But Swift Current regained the lead less than a minute after Jordan’s goal when Brad Hoban made it 2-1 in favor of the Broncos, a score that would stand through the end of the first period.
After a scoreless second period, Portland’s Ryan Johansen evened the game at 2-2 just 36 seconds into the third period on a power play. Winterhawks rookie Brendan Leipsic then gave Portland their first lead of the game at the 2:18 mark with his fifth goal of the season to make it 3-2. Sven Bartschi had an assist on the play, extending his points streak to 12 games.
Late in the period with Swift Current having pulled their netminder for an extra attacker, Johansen sealed the win with an empty net goal to give Portland the 4-2 win and hit nine straight wins.
Mac Carruth got the win for Portland, improving his record to 8-1. Friesen stopped 32 of the 35 Portland shots he faced.
The Winterhawks were 1-2 on the power play, and went 4-5 on the penalty kill.
The road trip continues tomorrow night when the Winterhawks travel to Regina to take on the Pats.