(ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks (23-19-0-3) fell 6-2 in Kamloops Wednesday to the Blazers (15-24-3-3).
Kamloops took a 4-0 lead in the first period on goals by Ryan Rehill, Deven Sideroff, Matt Needham and Collin Shirley.
Portland then got on the board 6:07 into the second when Dominic Turgeon scored on a power play to make it 4-1. The Hawks struck again at the 13:12 mark after a turnover by the Blazers in their own zone led to an Alex Schoenborn goal to cut the deficit to 4-2 going into the third.
Kamloops went up 5-2 at the 1:30 mark of the third on Needham’s second goal of the game, then added a late power play goal from Cole Ully as the Blazers finished with a 6-2 win.
The Hawks made a goaltending change to prior to the second, replacing starter Adin Hill with Evan Johnson. For Johnson it was his first appearance in goal for Portland after being acquired in a trade with Calgary last week.
Nic Petan returned to action for the Hawks, his first game back since winning a gold medal with Team Canada at the World Junior Championship.
The Hawks will be back in action Friday in Prince George when they take on the Cougars.