(ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks opened their six-game road trip Friday with a 6-2 win in Moose Jaw against the Warriors.
Portland dominated play in the first period, outshooting the Warriors 13-3, with defenseman Layne Viveiros scoring the lone goal of the frame at the 9:32 mark on a power play for a 1-0 lead.
The Hawks continued applying pressure in the second, with Oliver Bjorkstrand scoring a shorthanded goal at the 7:38 mark for a 2-0 advantage.
Moose Jaw got on the board with a 5-on-3 power play goal from Brett Howden at the 10:23 mark to cut the Hawks’ lead to 2-1, but just under two minutes later Portland regained their two-goal lead when Dominic Turgeon pounded a rebound past Warriors netminder Justin Paulic for a 3-1 lead Portland took into the third.
Portland extended the lead when Turgeon scored his second of the night 1:24 into the third to make it 4-1. The Hawks then blew the game open midway through the frame when Alex Schoenborn scored at the 8:08 mark followed by a power play from Bjorkstrand at the 11:44 mark. Brayden Point got one back for Moose Jaw at the 12:34 mark, but that was as close as they’d get as Portland finished with the 6-2 win.
Special teams played a big role, with Portland going 2-5 on the power play, and 5-7 on the penalty kill with a shorthanded goal.
Brendan Burke picked up the win in net for the Hawks with 26 saves on 28 shots. Paulic took the loss with six goals allowed on 41 shots.
The Hawks are back in action tomorrow night when they travel to Brandon, Manitoba to take on the Wheat Kings.