Adin Hill earned another shutout

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(ISN) – Miles Koules had a hat trick and Adin Hill earned another shutout as the Portland Winterhawks (21-17-0-3) earned a 4-0 victory over Seattle Thunderbirds (19-16-2-2) at the Moda Center Sunday in front of 8,267 fans.

Hill registered his second consecutive shutout, stopping all 29 Seattle shots he faced after blanking the Tri-City Americans last night.

The Hawks opened the scoring with just over 30 seconds to go in the first period when Paul Bittner sidestepped a Seattle defenseman and fed Koules, who fired the puck past Thunderbirds netminder Taran Kozun for a 1-0 lead Portland took into the second.

Portland struck again 5:25 into the second when Alex Overhardt tipped a centering pass from Alex Schoenborn past Kozun for a 2-0 lead. Austin Gray, playing his second career game for the Hawks, also picked up an assist on the play for his first career point.

Koules struck again 41 seconds into the third on a power play when he wired a one-timer from the left faceoff circle past Kozun to give Portland a 3-0 lead. He completed the hat trick when he scored into an empty net with 1:50 to go while shorthanded to seal the 4-0 win.

Schoenborn had two assists in the win. The Hawks were 1-3 on the power play and a perfect 5-5 on the penalty kill.

Portland was without Oliver Bjorkstrand, who had been representing Denmark at the World Junior Championship, and Nic Petan, whose Team Canada played Slovakia today in the semifinal. Petan registered a hat trick as he led Canada to a 5-1 win. Petan and Team Canada will take on Russia in the final tomorrow at 5 p.m.

The Hawks’ next game will be Wednesday in Spokane at 7 p.m.

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