The Portland Winterhawks improve to 3-0-0-0 at home after beating the Brandon Wheat Kings 4-1 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum home opener. The win marks the Hawks fifth straight win against the Wheat Kings and Portland now has a four game point streak.
Seth Jarvis helped the Winterhawks jump out to a strong start at home, scoring less than two minutes into the game on a 2-on-1 rush. The Hawks owned a 1-0 lead before the Wheat Kings even took a shot on goal. In the final minutes of the period, Simon Knak tapped in a gorgeous goal after the Winterhawks made two quick passes to set up the puck deep in the offensive zone.
In the second frame, Tyson Kozak sent in his third goal of the season to give the Winterhawks a 3-0 lead. Sixteen year old forwards Jack O’Brien and James Stefan recorded assists on the goal. Brandon Wheat Kings starting netminder Ethan Kruger left the game after the goal with an injury and did not return.
The Wheat Kings struck early in the third period on their power play to get on the scoreboard, but they did not have enough of a push to get back in the game. The Hawks only allowed two third period shots against and Lane Gilliss deflected in a Matthew Quigley point shot on the man advantage to re-capture the three goal lead. Portland went on to win 4-1.
- The Winterhawks are now 10-1-0-0 in their last 11 meetings against the Wheat Kings.
- Seth Jarvis was recognized as the first star of the game and he now leads the Winterhawks with 12 points in ten games.
- Joel Hofer improves to 6-2-0-1 with a 1.80 goals against average and .930 save percentage on the year.
- Portland took 14 shots in all three periods.
Box Score (Click the hyperlink to find all the scoring details)
SHOTS ON GOAL:
POR: Joel Hofer stopped 22-of-23 shots.
BDN: Ethan Kruger stopped 19-of-22 shots. Connor Ungar stopped 19-of-20 shots in relief.