December 7, 2012, Portland, OR – The Portland Winterhawks (23-5-1-0) outshot the Tri-City Americans (18-11-1-1) 46-13 Friday, but dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker at the Rose Garden in front of 6,055 fans.
The defeat snapped a seven-game winning streak, and a 12-game streak at home.
The Americans scored the lone goal of the first period when Connor Rankin scored at the 9:27 mark, a period in which the Hawks outshot the Americans 17-6.
The Hawks continued dominating the second period, registering 13 shots in the frame before the Americans got their first. But 15 minutes into the period Tri-Cities got back-to-back power play goals 1:08 apart from Rankin and Malte Stromwall to take a 3-0 lead into the third period.
Portland broke through 4:51 into the third when Ty Rattie took a feed from Brendan Leipsic and beat Americans netminder Luke Lee-Knight to make it 3-1. The Hawks cut it to within one when Nic Petan fired a shot from the slot that beat Lee-Knight at the 10:55 mark to make it 3-2. Portland kept pouring it on, outshooting Tri-Cities 14-2 in the frame. But Lee-Knight kept the Americans in it with 44 saves as they finished with the win.
Leipsic extended his point streak to 17 games with an assist, and he’s up to 17 goals and 23 assists for 40 points during the streak.
Seth Jones registered an assist and now has a seven-game point streak, with one goal and nine assists for 10 points.
The Hawks are in Seattle tomorrow to take on the Thunderbirds, and wrap up the weekend with a game on Kennewick Sunday against the Americans.