Miles Koules Scores OT Winner as Hawks Down Thunderbirds

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Lesley Dawson

(ISN) – Miles Koules scored the winning goal in overtime as the Portland Winterhawks (27-19-0-3) beat the Seattle Thunderbirds (22-19-2-3) 4-3 Saturday in Seattle.

The Hawks opened the scoring at the 1:53 mark of the first period when Nic Petan sent a pass across the ice to Oliver Bjorkstrand who then fired a wrist shot from the top of the right circle to beat Seattle netminder Taran Kozun for a 1-0 lead. Seattle got on the board on a goal from Jared Hauf at the 5:50 mark to even the score going into the second.

Chase De Leo made it 2-1 at the 7:41 mark of the second on a pass from Jack Flaman, but Seattle’s Ryan Gropp then hammered one home just 30 seconds later to make it 2-2. With less than a minute left in the period, Nic Petan wired a backhand shot top shelf past Kozun to give the Hawks a 3-2 lead heading into the third.

Seattle tied it again at 3-3 on a goal from Gropp at the 11:55 mark of the third to force overtime.

In the extra frame, Petan robbed Seattle’s Hauf and fed Miles Koules, who hammered it past Kozun for the win.

Adin Hill picked up the win in net with 42 saves on 45 shots.

The Hawks are back in Portland tomorrow night when they host the Tri-City Americans at the Moda Center at 5 p.m.