by Graham Kendrick
March 5, 2014, Kennewick (ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks (48-13-2-3) picked up a 5-1 win in Kennewick, WA Wednesday as they took on the Tri-City Americans (28-30-3-5).
Then win gives the Hawks 101 points on the season, the fourth straight season the team has reached the 100-point mark. They become just the second team in league history to reach 100 points in four straight seasons, joining the Vancouver Giants, who did it from 2005-06 through 2008-09.
Portland’s Keegan Iverson opened the scoring 9:53 into the first period when his wrist shot beat Americans netminder Eric Comrie for a 1-0 lead. Defenseman Anton Cederholm extended the lead when he hammered a shot past Comrie at the 18:56 mark to make it 2-0 going into the second.
The Hawks notched the lone goal of the second when Chase De Leo scored his 37th goal of the season 5:40 into the second to make it 3-0.
The Americans got on the board 48 seconds into the third on a goal by Rodney Southam to cut Portland’s lead to 3-1, but the Hawks got that one back when Paul Bittner scored at the 3:53 mark to regain a three-goal lead at 4-1. They padded the lead when defenseman Josh Hanson scored on a wrist shot to make it 5-1 at the 12:30 mark, which stood as the final.
Bittner, De Leo, Iverson and Alex Schoenborn all had two points in the win.
Corbin Boes got the win in net with 28 saves on 29 shots. Comrie allowed five goals on 44 shots.
The Hawks are back in action Friday at the Moda Center when they host the Seattle Thunderbirds at 7 p.m.