Winterhawks skate past T-Birds


March 7, 2014, PORTLAND (ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 7-3 Friday night at the Moda Center in Portland.

The T-Birds are in fourth place in the Western Conference playoff standings. They are four points ahead of the fifth place Spokane Chiefs and five points ahead of the sixth place Everett Silvertips. The T-Birds host the Silvertips Saturday night at ShoWare Center at 7:05pm. They face the Vancouver Giants on Sunday at 5:05pm at ShoWare Center.

Portland (49-13-2-3) took a 1-0 lead at 8:41 of the first period on a goal by Chase De Leo. De Leo converted a pass from Brendan Leipsic on a three-on-two break. Derrick Pouliot had the second assist.

Seattle (39-21-2-4) tied the game 1-1 at 14:25 of the first on a power-play goal from Russell Maxwell. Adam Henry moved the puck to Alexander Delnov in the right circle. Delnov took a shot that bounced off the end boards to Maxwell to the right of the net. Maxwell banged the puck past Portland goalie Corbin Boes for the tying goal.

The Winterhawks took the lead back at 18:38 of the first when Leipsic scored a power-play goal. Leipsic beat Seattle goalie Taran Kozun from a sharp angle to the right of the goal off a pass from Oliver Bjorkstrand. Taylor Leier had the second assist.

The Winterhawks took a 3-1 lead to the first intermission courtesy of a goal from Anton Cederholm at 19:12 of the first. De Leo and Paul Bittner had the assists.

Portland outshot Seattle 13-6 in the first period.

Seattle came right back and tied the game 3-3 on two power-play goals in the first seven minutes of the second period. Mathew Barzal brought the puck out of the right corner on a five-on-three power play and found Shea Theodore in the slot. Theodore beat Boes with a wrist shot over the blocker at 4:42 of the period.

Ryan Gropp tied the game 3-3 at 7:04 of the second period. Branden Troock passed the puck to Barzal in the left corner. Barzal skated towards the net and then made a cross-crease pass to Gropp to the right of the Portland net. Gropp one-timed the puck past Boes low for the goal.

Boes was replaced in the Portland net by Adin Hill after the third Seattle goal with an apparent lower body injury. Boes stopped 13 of 16 shots.

Bjorkstrand scored a power-play goal at 19:22 of the second to give Portland a 4-3 lead. He scored from the slot on a slap shot on a pass from Leipsic. Mathew Dumba had the second assist.

Portland took a 5-3 lead at 5:35 of the third period on Dumba’s fourth goal of the season. Keegan Iverson and Dominic Turgeon had the assists.

The Winterhawks got to a 6-3 lead at 10:15 of the third on a goal from Leipsic. The referees initially ruled Kozun had stopped a Leipsic shot after scramble in front of the Seattle net. But the referees went to video review and determined the puck had crossed the goal line. Bjorkstrand and Pouliot had the assists.

Dumba scored a power-play goal at 13:39 of the third to extend the Winterhawks lead to 7-3. Bittner and Layne Viveiros had the assists.

Portland outshot Seattle 18-7 in the third period and 40-27 in the game.

Kozun stopped 33 of 40 shots and his record is now 18-25-2-2.

Hill made 11 saves to get the win and put his record at 2-0-0-0.

T-Birds single game tickets for the 2013-14 season are available online at the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday game days at 10 a.m. and Sunday game days at noon

T-Birds season tickets are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.


First period – 1, Portland, De Leo 38 (Leipsic, Pouliot), 8:41. 2, Seattle, Maxwell 14 (Delnov, Henry), 14:25 (pp). 3, Portland, Leipsic 35 (Bjorkstrand, Leier), 18:38 (pp). 4, Portland, Cederholm 4 (De Leo, Bittner), 19:12. Penalties – Hauf, Sea (major-fighting), 13:05. Turgeon, Por (instigator, major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 13:05. Lipsbergs, Sea (slashing), 17:27. McKechnie, Sea (unsportsmanlike conduct), 17:27. Petan, Por (unsportsmanlike conduct), 17:27.

Second period – 5, Seattle, Theodore 19 (Barzal), 4:42. (pp). 6, Seattle, Gropp 16 (Barzal, Troock), 7:04 (pp). 7, Portland, Bjorkstrand 44 (Leipsic, Dumba), 19:22 (pp). Penalties – Yakubowski, Sea (major-fighting), 2:01. Iverson, Por (major-fighting), 2:01. Hanson, Por (hooking), 3:12. Leier, Por (delay of game), 3:47. Petan, Por (slashing), 6:19. Leier, Por (high-sticking), 7:37. Maxwell, Sea (delay of game), 15:32. Dumba, Por (interference), 15:51. Hauf, Sea (double minor-high sticking), 19:11.

Third period – 8, Portland, Dumba 4 (Iverson, Turgeon), 5:35. 9, Portland, Leipsic 36 (Bjorkstrand, Pouliot), 10:15. 10, Portland, Dumba 5 (Bittner, Viveiros), 13:39 (pp). Penalties – Hauf, Sea (delay of game), 11:41. Price, Por (elbowing), 14:06. Hauf, Sea (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:31. Price, Por (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:31.

Shots on goal – Seattle 6-14-7 27, Portland 13-9-18 27. Goalies – Seattle, Kozun 40 shots-33 saves (18-25-2-2); Portland, Boes 16-13, Hill 11-11 (2-0-0-0). Power plays – Seattle 3-7; Portland 3-5. A – 10,947. Referees – Fraser Lawrence, Mike Campbell. Linesmen – Jarrod Bowman, Ryan Gibbons.

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