(ISN) – Nic Petan scored the overtime winner as the Portland Winterhawks defeated the Kamloops Blazers 4-3 Saturday at the Moda Center in front of 8,843 fans.
Petan’s goal came 56 seconds into the extra frame after Oliver Bjorkstrand led a rush into the Kamloops zone, with Petan putting in a rebound to give the Hawks the win.
Ethan Price opened the scoring for Portland 3:56 into the game when he went hard to the net and put in a rebound for a 1-0 Hawks lead. Kamloops evened the game at the 7:28 mark on a goal by Deven Sideroff to make it 1-1, then took a 2-1 lead at the 17:07 mark on a goal by Collin Shirley.
Late in the period with the Hawks on a power play, Layne Viveiros wound up and fired a blast from the point that got past Kamloops netminder Cole Kehler to make it 2-2 going into the second.
Quinn Benjafield scored for Kamloops 5:32 into the second to give the visitors a 3-2 lead, but the Hawks tied it at the 13:58 mark on a PP as Petan fed a backhand pass cross-ice to Oliver Bjorkstrand, who fired it in to tie the game at 3-3.
The teams went scoreless in the third period, setting over overtime and Petan’s winner.
Petan and Bjorkstrand were outstanding in the win, each finishing with a goal and two assists apiece.
Brendan Burke earned the victory in net, his first action since October 21. He finished with 34 saves on 37 shots. Kehler took the loss for Kamloops with four goals allowed on 33 shots.
The Hawks (8-11-0-2) return to action Friday night in Everett against the Silvertips.