Winterhawks Wrap Up First Half With 4-3 Win in Tri-Cities


(ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks (19-14-0-3) wrapped up the first half of the season Sunday with a 4-3 win in Kennewick, WA against the Tri-City Americans (17-15-0-1).

The two teams combined for four goals late in an eventful first period. Portland opened the scoring at the 14:54 mark on a goal from Dominic Turgeon to make it 1-0. Twenty seconds later the Americans tied it on a goal from Beau McCue, but the Hawks regained a 2-1 lead at 17:48 when Alex Overhardt scored his first career WHL goal. Tri-Cities again tied it though when Jordan Topping scored to make it 2-2 heading into the second.

Portland regained the lead 11:15 into the second when Skyler McKenzie fought off two Americans in the offensive zone and poked the puck to Overhardt. He fed Evan Weinger, who wired a shot past Tri-Cities netminder Evan Sarthou to give the Hawks a 3-2 advantage they took into the third.

It remained a one-goal game until late in the final frame. With the Americans’ Sarthou on the bench for an extra attacker, Portland’s Alex Schoenborn collected the puck, carried it into the offensive zone and scored into the empty net with 1:09 remaining to give the Hawks the 4-2 lead. The Americans got back within one when Beau McCue scored with 15 seconds to go, but the Hawks closed it out from there for the 4-3 victory.

Overhardt, Schoenborn and Skyler McKenzie all finished with two points apiece in the win. Chase De Leo had an assist to extend his scoring streak to 12 games.

Adin Hill was once again terrific in net, making 45 saves on 48 shots. Sarthou allowed three goals on 33 shots, with the Hawks adding an empty net marker.

Tonight’s game was the Hawks’ last before the league’s holiday break. The team is now off until Saturday, December 27 when they’re in Seattle to take on the Thunderbirds.