Winterhawks Defeat Kootenay 5-2


(ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks (13-12-0-3) picked up a 5-2 win Friday over the visiting Kootenay Ice (11-15-0-0) in the Burgerville Daylight Classic at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in front of 6,698 fans, the team’s fourth straight victory.

Oliver Bjorkstrand opened the scoring for the Hawks 8:06 into the first period when he took a feed from Chase De Leo and popped a backhand high over Kootenay goaltender Wyatt Hoflin’s shoulder for a 1-0 lead. Kootenay tied it at the 13:39 mark on a power play goal from Tim Bozon to make it 1-1, which remained the score going into the second.

Portland regained the lead 2:50 into the second when De Leo fed Alex Schoenborn in front of the net, who fired a one-timer past Hoflin to give the Hawks a 2-1 advantage. They struck again at the 7:45 mark when Nic Petan brought the puck into the Kootenay zone on a 3-on-2, blew past the defense and set up Bjorkstrand, who buried the chance for a 3-1 lead.

Portland added one more with 43.1 seconds to go in the second when Blake Heinrich picked up a loose puck in the offensive zone, waited for an opening and fired it past Hoflin for a 4-1 lead they took into the third.

Kootenay got within two 8:43 into the third when Sam Reinhart scored a power play goal to cut Portland’s lead to 4-2, but Nic Petan answered at the 17:12 mark to give the Hawks a 5-2 lead that would stand as the final.

De Leo, Bjorkstrand and Petan all finished with two points apiece in the win.

Adin Hill picked up his fourth straight victory, stopping 43 of the 45 shots he faced. Hoflin took the loss, giving up five goals on 27 shots.

As part of the Burgerville Daylight Classic, the Coliseum’s curtains were open for the afternoon game to allow daylight into the arena.

The Hawks are back in action tomorrow night when they travel to Kennewick, WA, to take on the Tri-City Americans.