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Portland Spoils Tri-City’s Teddy Bear Toss

Megan Connelly

Seven different Winterhawks scored as Portland out-played Tri-City to earn their sixth consecutive win in December. They beat the Americans 8-1 at the Toyota Center on Saturday night.

It was a dominating first frame for the Winterhawks as they peppered 15 shots onto Talyn Boyko’s net. Ultimately, Portland scored the first goal of the night as rookie Tyson Kozak popped in a rebound nearly nine minutes in to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead that stood through the first intermission.

Portland was able to extend their lead in the second period. At the midway point of regulation, Robbie Fromm-Delorme set up Clay Hanus for a one-time bullet to make it 2-0. Forty seven seconds later, Krystof Hrabik scored the Americans’ Teddy Bear Toss goal that sent the stuffed animals onto the Toyota Center ice. Before the end of the second, James Stefan lasered in his second goal of the season to re-claim a two-goal advantage at 3-1.

Portland poured it on in the third period, scoring five more goals, including two on the power play to wrap up a 8-1 road victory. The Hawks only allowed four total shots in the final frame, never giving Tri-City a chance.

NOTABLES:

  • The Winterhawks improved to 7-0-1-1 against U.S. Division opponents this year, and extended their winning streak to six straight.
  • Affiliate goaltender Dante Giannuzzi earned his first win of the season and first as a starter for the Winterhawks, turning aside six shots in the first period, seven in the second and four in the third.
  • Tyson Kozak now has points in three straight contests, his longest point streak in the WHL.
  • California native James Stefan enjoyed his first multi-point game in the WHL as he potted three points. Cross Hanas joined him by earning his second three-point game against the Americans this season.
  • Clay Hanus scored twice against Tri-City. It’s the second time he has done so in two head-to-head meetings this year.
  • The sixteen year olds combined for three goals and six points tonight.
  • Seven Hawks recorded multiple points against the Americans tonight.

Box Score (Click the hyperlink to find all the scoring details)

SHOTS ON GOAL:

POR: 45
TC: 18

POWER PLAY:

POR: 2/5
TC: 0/1

SAVES:

POR: Dante Giannuzzi stopped 17-of-18 shots.
TC: Talyn Boyko stopped 37-of-45 shots.

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