by Graham Kendrick
February 7, 2014, Kennewick (ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks’ (37-12-2-3) winning streak reached 11 games with a 10-3 victory Friday in Kennewick, Washington against the Tri-City Americans (26-23-2-3).
It’s the team’s second winning streak of 11 games this season, after first doing it from October 12 – November 2.
It was a balanced offensive attack Friday, as 17 of the team’s 18 skaters registered at least a point. Defenseman Josh Hanson set a career-high with three assists in the win.
Portland opened a big first period with a power play goal from Oliver Bjorkstrand 4:36 into the game for an early 1-0 lead. Then late in the period the Hawks scored three goals in a span of just 1:22 when Nic Petan, Alex Schoenborn and Taylor Leier scored in quick succession to make it a 4-0 lead going into the second.
Tri-Cities replaced starting goaltender Eric Comrie with Evan Sarthou to start the second, but Petan solved the backup 7:24 into the period with his second of the game to extend the lead to 5-0. Later in the period it was Schoenborn scoring his second of the night as Portland took a 6-0 advantage into the third.
It became a 7-0 lead when Keegan Iverson scored a power play goal 2:36 into the third. Tri-Cities got on the board midway through the frame on goals from Jessey Astles and Michal Plutnar to cut Portland’s lead to 7-2. The Americans’ Parker Wotherspoon scored shorthanded at the 18:29 mark, but Derrick Pouliot, Paul Bittner and Ethan Price responded with a trio of late goals 36 seconds apart to give the Hawks the 10-3 win.
Not be overlooked in the offensive explosion was goaltender Brendan Burke, who didn’t allow a goal until the 10:00 mark of the third, snapping a shutout streak of 174:57. He finished with 29 saves on 32 shots.
Portland was 3-4 on the power play and 4-5 on the penalty kill.
The Hawks are back in action tomorrow when they host the Everett Silvertips at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at 7 p.m.