(ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks earned a 3-1 win Tuesday in Regina against the Pats. With the victory, the Hawks improved to 2-1 on the season-high six-game road trip through the East Division.
Portland got off to a flying start with a pair of special teams goals in the first period. Keegan Iverson opened the scoring with a power play goal 6:33 into the game for a 1-0 lead. They padded the lead at the 12:30 mark while shorthanded when Skyler McKenzie pounced on a long rebound and fired it past Regina netminder Tyler Brown for a 2-0 lead Portland took into the second. It was McKenzie’s first career WHL goal.
Regina got one back 36 seconds into the second on a goal from Dryden Hunt as they got within one at 2-1, the lone goal of the period.
With under two minutes to play in the third and the game still 2-1, the Regina Pats took a pair of penalties to give Portland a 5-on-3 power play. While on the two-man advantage, Miles Koules found Chase De Leo on the doorstep, and he banged it home for a 3-1 lead which would stand as the final.
De Leo finished with two points with a goal and an assist, while Nic Petan also had two points on a pair of helpers.
Portland was outstanding on special teams Tuesday, going 2-4 on the power play and a perfect 7-7 on the penalty kill with a shorthanded goal.
The Hawks return to action tomorrow when they travel to Swift Current, Saskatchewan to take on the Broncos.