(ISN) – Portland, OR- The Tri-City Americans (18-18-0-2, 38 pts) tried to earn its first win of 2015, but the Portland Winterhawks (20-17-0-3, 43 pts) didn’t let that happen, shutting out the Americans 3-0 in front of 5,485 fans at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night.
Portland came out strong in the first period, outshooting Tri-City 15-6 in the first period. Neither team was able to score in the first, knotting the game at zeros after one period.
In the second, Portland took the lead midway through the period. Evan Weinger skated towards the net and was able to deflect the puck into the goal to put the Winterhawks ahead 1-0. Tri-City was outshot 21-8 in the second and looked to gain some momentum in the third to tie the game.
Early in the third period, Anton Cederholm fired a shot from the point that found a way into the goal to put the Winterhawks up 2-0. Tri-City tried to get a goal and get back into the game, but an empty net goal from Miles Koules with less than two minutes remaining sealed the win for Portland.
Tri-City has lost a season-high five straight road games, and has lost all three games to the Winterhawks this season.
The Americans were unable to convert on four chances with the man advantage and had six penalty minutes. Portland couldn’t convert on any of its three chances on the power play and registered eight penalty minutes.
Evan Sarthou stopped 47 shots in the loss, while Adin Hill made 35 saves in the shutout win.
The Americans will head north after the game for a double date with the Prince George Cougars (19-21-0-0, 38 pts) starting on Tuesday, Jan. 6 at the CN Centre. Game time is at 7 p.m. Tri-City defeated the Cougars in the lone meeting this season, 7-0, on Sept. 21 at the Toyota Center.
Jack in the Box Three Stars
1. Adin Hill, Portland
2. Keegan Iverson, Portland
3. Evan Weinger, Portland