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Winterhawks Earn A Point to Jump to First Place

Codie McLachlan/Edmonton Oil Kings

The Portland Winterhawks came back from an early first period deficit to force a shootout at Rogers Place. Ultimately, the Edmonton Oil Kings prevailed at home and beat the Hawks 2-1 (1-0 in the shootout round) to pick up their seventh win of the season. With the point, Portland now stands by itself at the top of the U.S. Division standings.

The first period of play generated four total power plays and a lone goal by Edmonton at the midway point of the opening frame. Josh Williams passed it to New York Rangers prospect Matthew Robertson on a 2-on-1 play to beat Joel Hofer blocker side. The Oil Kings took a 1-0 lead with them into the second period and their goal ended Hofer’s consecutive shutout streak at 106:29 minutes.

The second period was relatively quiet in terms of scoring chances, but the Hawks found the equalizer in the fourth minute of the third period. Lane Gilliss won a backhanded face-off to the blue line and captain Johnny Ludvig skated into it to wire a one-timer to the top shelf and tie the game at 1-1. Despite a few more good looks by Portland, the game was destined to overtime.

During the first 90 seconds of the 3-on-3 period, Jaydon Dureau sprung Cross Hanas on a breakaway that drew a save and a penalty. On the ensuing power play, Portland peppered five shots onto Sebastian Cossa’s net, but they could not end the game. The Winterhawks out-shot the Oil Kings 6-to-2 in the five minute overtime.

In the second round of the shootout, forward Carter Souch scored the game-winning goal for Edmonton. None of the three shooters scored for Portland.

Joel Hofer logged a season-high 39 saves through 65 minutes of play. It was also his fourth highest save total in a Winterhawks jersey.

NOTABLES:

  • The Winterhawks wrap up their longest road trip of the season going 3-3-0-1.
  • Portland extends their point streak to four straight games against the Oil Kings.
  • Jaydon Dureau, Seth Jarvis and birthday boy Jake Gricius all missed on their shootout attempts.
  • Hawktoberfest takes over Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, October 19 when the Winterhawks face the Brandon Wheat Kings for their bi-annual trip. Fans 21+ can enjoy free samples of beer and cider from a handful of local breweries on the VMC concourse.

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

SHOTS ON GOAL:

POR: 40
EDM: 32

POWER PLAY:

POR: 0/3
EDM: 0/4

SAVES:

POR: Joel Hofer stopped 39-of-40 shots and two of the three in the shootout.
EDM: Sebastian Cossa stopped 31-of-32 shots and all three in the shootout.

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