Calgary Hitmen


(ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks (36-20-2-3) fell 5-4 in overtime to the Calgary Hitmen (38-18-1-4) Wednesday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Hawks opened the scoring 10:41 into the first on a power play when Layne Viveiros scored on a shot from the point for a 1-0 lead. The Hawks added to the lead at 15:51 when they stopped a Calgary rush and turned the other way, getting a 3-on-1 into the offensive zone with Chase De Leo converting after a tic-tac-toe passing play for a 2-0 lead.

Calgary got one back at the 18:01 mark on a goal by Adam Tambellini to make it 2-1 heading into the second.

Portland regained a two-goal lead 1:59 into the second when Adam Henry scored to make it 3-1, and it became a three-goal lead at 4:44 when Oliver Bjorkstrand scored his 46th of the season for a 4-1 advantage. For Bjorkstrand it was his 10th straight game with a goal, the longest streak by a Hawk since Troy Mick had a 10-game streak in 1987-88, and one shy of the team record 11-game streak Tony Currie had in the franchise’s inaugural 1976-77 season.

Calgary’s Jake Virtanen scored at the 15:08 mark of the second to cut Portland’s lead to 4-2, then got within one on a goal by Ben Thomas at the 17:53 mark to make it 4-3 going into the third.

The Hitmen tied it at the 12:17 mark of the third when Kenton Helgesen scored shorthanded to even the game at 4-4, setting up overtime.

In the extra frame, Calgary’s Jake Bean scored as the Hitmen picked up the win.

The Hawks will be back in action Saturday when they travel to Seattle to take on the Thunderbirds.