The Portland Winterhawks scored four unanswered goals to defeat the Tri-City Americans 4-2 on Wednesday night. Joachim Blichfeld’s three point performance highlighted the night as he netted his 200th career regular season point with the Hawks.
After allowing two goals in the first period within a 40 second window, the Winterhawks played 59:20 of shutout hockey. Joel Hofer settled into a groove after the first period and stopped 20 straight shots to end the night, 26 total, for his second win as a member of the Winterhawks.
With the win, the Hawks have now won nine of their last 11 games and have earned 19 of a possible 24 points since the holiday break.
THEY SAID IT: “It was a tie game throughout the second period and we just stuck with (our game plan),” Joachim Blichfeld said. “I think in the last game we played them, we kind of took off in the third but the puck wasn’t going in, and tonight we did the same thing, but it was going in.”
NEXT UP: Portland turns its attention to Seattle and Lethbridge this weekend as the Battle with Seattle continues Saturday night at 6:00 p.m at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The game will be televised on Portland’s CW and it’s also the annual Boeing Airplane Toss. Following Saturday night’s game, fans can fly their paper airplane onto the ice for a chance to land on targets and win prizes.
- Joachim Blichfeld reeled in another three point night, the 25th of his career, to claim first star of the game honors. Both of the San Jose Sharks prospect goals came in the third period to help secure the victory. His 42 goals and 86 points lead the Western Hockey League and he now has three game-winning goals in January.
- Cody Glass tacked on two primary assists tonight giving him 86 multi-point games in his career as a Hawk. His 51 assists is tied for the WHL lead and he continues to lead the WHL in points per game (64 points, 33 games, 1.94 points/game) while Blichfeld is third (86 points, 46 games 1.87 points/game)
- Jaydon Dureau scored the team’s first goal of the night and his 10th of the season. He and Seth Jarvis became the first pair of WHL rookies to each have ten or more goals this season.
- Josh Paterson scored his first goal in front of the home crowd, giving him five points in five games with the Winterhawks.
- Dureau’s and Paterson’s goals were separated by just 37 seconds, tying the game at 2-2 before the end of the first period.
- The win marks the third straight game Joel Hofer has allowed two or fewer goals in a game.
THE BOX SCORE: (Click the hyperlink to find all the scoring details)
SHOTS ON GOAL:
POR: Joel Hofer with 26 saves
TC: Beck Warm with 42 saves.