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Portland Welcomed to Canada with a W

Ben Ludeman

Portland Winterhawks (5) vs Swift Current Broncos (3)

Innovation Credit Union iPlex, Swift Current, SK– Friday, January 4, 2019

The Hawks start their East Division swing on a high note, beating the Swift Current Broncos 5-3. Thirteen different Winterhawks players recorded a point in the victory.

The Hawks and the reigning WHL Champions traded goals throughout the first two periods of the game. Just over two minutes in, Lane Gilliss got a puck behind the defense and tucked it through the pads of Joel Hofer to give the Hawks the early 1-0 lead. Swift Current answered with a goal of its own from the slot to tie the game at 1-1.

In the 14th minute of the first period, Joachim Blichfeld blasted in his WHL-leading 35th goal of the season. Ryan Hughes collected the primary assist, marking it nine points in his last three games. Later, Michal Kvasnica tucked in an insurance marker to make it a 3-1 game. It was his second multi-point performance in his WHL career. However, 16 seconds later, Swift Current cut into the lead to make it a 3-2 contest heading into the first intermission.

With momentum entering the second period, centreman Ethan Regnier netted his 7th goal of the season on a hard shot to the left corner to tie the game at three apiece. That would represent the lone goal of the period.

Portland was able to break free in the third. Jaydon Dureau scored the eventual game-winning goal on a 3-on-1 rush with his linemates to make it a 4-3 game. Jake Gricius added an empty net tally to seal the victory for the Hawks.

Despite taking the loss, Hofer turned aside 43 shots. Shane Farkas collected his third straight win by denying 20 shots.

Portland heads to Canada to play six games in nine nights against the East Division teams. They return on January 19th for a home game against Everett in the sunset game at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The puck is set to drop at 5:00 p.m. Be sure to visit winterhawks.com/tickets for full details on pricing and availability.

Scoring Summary:

  • 1st @ 2:13 – POR -Lane Gilliss (8), Michal Kvasnica, Robbie Fromm-Delorme
  • 1st @ 10:11 – SC – Ethan O’Rourke (3)  Ian Briscoe
  • 1st @ 14:41 – POR – Joachim Blichfeld (35), Ryan Hughes, Nick Cicek
  • 1st @ 17:20 – POR – Michal Kvasnica (6), Kade Nolan, Lane Gilliss 
  • 1st @ 17:36 – SC – Matthew Culling (8), Ben King, Garrett Sambrook
  • 2nd @ 2:46 – SC – Ethan Regnier (7), Alex Moar
  • 3rd @ 7:28 – POR – Jaydon Dureau (8), Seth Jarvis, Reece Newkirk 
  • 3rd @ 19:10 – POR – Jake Gricius (16), Cross Hanas, Mason Mannek [EN]

SHOTS ON GOAL: 

POR: 48

SC: 23

POWER-PLAY:

POR: 0/3

SC: 0/2

SAVES:

POR: Shane Farkas with 20 saves 

SC: Joel Hofer 43 with saves

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