(ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks (31-20-0-3) dropped a 6-3 decision Friday in Seattle to the Thunderbirds (26-19-3-3).
The defeat snapped the Hawks’ eight-game winning streak.
Seattle opened the scoring 1:24 into the game on a goal by Mathew Barzal, followed by a power play goal at 5:48 from Roberts Lipsbergs for a 2-0 lead the Thunderbirds took into the second.
The Thunderbirds extended their lead to 3-0 at the 3:49 mark of the second on a goal by Evan Wardley. The Hawks got on the board at 13:34 when Oliver Bjorkstrand brought the puck up the ice into the Seattle zone, cut across the middle and fired it past Seattle netminder Taran Kozun to cut the deficit to 3-1, which remained the score going into the third.
Portland got within one 4:19 into the third when Keegan Iverson established position in front of the net and banged in a rebound to make it 3-2. Just 1:36 later the Hawks tied it when Dominic Turgeon sniped one to even the game at 3-3.
Seattle regained a lead just under two minutes after Turgeon’s goal when Ryan Gropp scored to give the Thunderbirds a 4-3 advantage. Lipsbergs then notched his second of the game at the 14:14 mark as Seattle went up 5-3, and the Thunderbirds capped the scoring with 30 seconds to go on a goal by Scott Eansor for a 6-3 win.
The Hawks will be back in action Sunday in Everett against the Silvertips in a showdown between the top two teams in the U.S. Division.