Brendan Leipsic nets OT winner in 3-2 victory over Tri-Cities

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by Graham Kendrick

March 11, 2014, Portland (ISN) – Brendan Leipsic scored 30 seconds into overtime as the Portland Winterhawks (51-13-2-3) defeated the Tri-City Americans (28-32-4-5) in overtime 3-2 Tuesday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in front of 6,357 fans.

The Winterhawks dominated play through the first, outshooting Tri-Cities 22-6, but the game was scoreless heading into the second.

It remained that way until the 8:59 mark of the second when Chase De Leo spun and fed a cross-ice pass to Taylor Leier, who fired it past Tri-Cities goaltender Eric Comrie for a 1-0 Portland lead. The Americans tied it at the 11:30 mark when Parker Bowles scored to make it 1-1, which remained the score going into the third.

The Americans took their first lead 37 seconds into the third on a power play when Bowles scored his second of the game for a 2-1 lead. The Hawks held a big advantage in shots on goal through the game, and the pressure paid off at the 11:07 mark when Matt Dumba sent a blast from the blueline past Comrie to tie the game at 2-2.

It remained tied through the end of the third, setting up overtime, where just 30 seconds in Leipsic scored the winner to give the Hawks the 3-2 victory.

Brendan Burke played his first game in goal in a month, and earned the win with 18 saves on 20 shots. Comrie made 46 saves on 49 Portland shots in the loss.

The Hawks return to action Friday in Seattle against the Thunderbirds.

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