Winterhawks use balanced attack in 8-1 win in Tri-Cities Saturday

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October 19, 2013, Kennewick, WA (ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks (7-3-0-1) opened their five-game road trip Saturday with an 8-1 win against the Tri-City Americans (5-8-0-1) in Kennewick, WA.

Seven different players scored for the Hawks in the victory, their fourth straight win.

Portland struck early when Chase De Leo scored just 2:22 into the game for a 1-0 lead, but the Americans’ Jessey Astles evened it with a goal at the 10:43 mark to make it 1-1, which remained the score going into the second period.

The Hawks then played a dominating second period, outshooting Tri-Cities 14-4. They opened the second by exploding for three goals in the first 2:02 of the period, as Keegan Iverson, Taylor Leier and De Leo all scored in quick succession as Portland raced out to a 4-1 lead. They extended it to 5-1 later in the period when Nic Petan scored at the 17:06 mark to take a 5-1 lead into the third.

The Hawks’ four-goal lead prompted Tri-Cities to replace starting netminder Eric Comrie with backup Evan Sarthou to start the third period. Midway through the frame Paul Bitter scored his first of the season to make it 6-1, in his first action since suffering a hand injury in the season-opener. Minutes later Oliver Bjorkstrand and Presten Kopeck scored 30 seconds apart to round out the scoring in the 8-1 win.

Eleven different players recorded a point for the Hawks in the victory, led by three points apiece from Petan and Leier.

Not to be overlooked, goaltender Brendan Burke earned the win with 23 saves on 24 shots. Comrie allowed five goals on 27 shots through two periods, while Sarthou gave up three goals on 13 shots in the third.

Portland was 1-5 on the power play and 2-2 on the penalty kill.

The road trip continues Tuesday when the Hawks are in Lethbridge to take on the Hurricanes