Winterhawks Defeat Victoria Royals 4-2

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(ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks (12-12-0-3) earned a 4-2 win over the visiting Victoria Royals (14-12-2-0) Tuesday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Hawks struck 12:44 into the first on a power play when Nic Petan fed a cross-ice pass to Oliver Bjorkstrand, who fired a one-timer past Victoria netminder Jayden Sittler to make it 1-0. Victoria tied it at the 17:23 mark on a shorthanded goal by Brandon Fushimi to even the score at 1-1, then got a goal from Greg Chase with 6.8 seconds remaining in the period to take a 2-1 lead into the second.

Portland tied the game 6:54 into the second when defenseman Blake Heinrich scored his second of the season to make it 2-2. Then with just under a minute to play in the period, Bjorkstrand brought the puck into the Victoria zone on a 2-on-1, kept it and snapped it past Sittler for a 3-2 lead the Hawks took into the third.

It remained a one-goal game until the 16:54 mark of the third when Ethan Price blew past a flat-footed Victoria defender to create an odd-man rush, feeding Dominic Turgeon, who put it past Sittler for a 4-2 lead, which stood as the final.

Adin Hill earned his third straight win in net for the Hawks, finishing with 36 saves on 38 Victoria shots. Sittler allowed four goals on 36 Portland shots.

Bjorkstrand, Turgeon and Nic Petan each finished with two points in the win.

Portland was 1-2 on the power play and 3-3 on the penalty kill.

The Hawks are back in action Friday when they host the Kootenay Ice in the annual Burgerville Daylight Classic at 3 p.m. With the early start time, the curtains in Veterans Memorial Coliseum will be open to allow daylight into the arena bowl.

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