October 20, 2012, Portland, OR – The Portland Winterhawks (8-3-1-0) exploded for three goals late in the third period to earn a 6-1 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds (5-5-0-0) Saturday at the Rose Garden in front of 8,670 fans.
Seattle opened the scoring 1:35 into the game on a goal by Luke Lockhart, but the Hawks evened it at 1-1 at the 7:55 mark when Dominic Turgeon netted his first career goal. The Hawks extended the lead at the 12:21 mark when Chase De Leo fed Taylor Peters in the slot, who went high on Seattle netminder Brandon Glover to make it 2-1, a lead they would take into the second.
The Hawks carried the play throughout the second period, outshooting Seattle 15-3. Their efforts paid off with just 0.1 seconds to go in the period when Troy Rutkowski beat the buzzer with a power play goal to make it 3-1 after 40 minutes.
The score remained 3-1 until late in the third, when the Hawks exploded for three goals in a span of 1:55. The first came when De Leo banged in a rebound at the 16:32 mark to give the Hawks a 4-1 lead, followed just 47 seconds later by Ty Rattie’s eighth goal of the season to make it 5-1. Then with 1:33 to go in the third, Keegan Iverson scored his first career goal to give the Hawks the 6-1 victory.
De Leo and Nic Petan each finished with three points in the win.
Mac Carruth picked up the win in net, turning away 22 of the 23 shots he faced. Brandon Glover took the loss for Seattle, allowing six goals on 43 shots.
The Hawks were 1-4 on the power play and a perfect 3-3 on the penalty kill.
The Hawks are now off until next Sunday, October 28, when they host the Tri-City Americans at 5 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. It will be the first game on the refurbished ice surface in the arena.