(ISN) – Defenseman Adam Henry registered his first career hat trick as the Portland Winterhawks (42-21-2-4) earned a 7-4 win in Spokane Wednesday over the Chiefs (34-31-3-1).
The Hawks are now first in the U.S. Division, as they hold a tiebreaker over Everett with both teams now at 90 points. Each team will finish with three games in three days this weekend.
Portland and Spokane combined for five goals in the first period, beginning at the 5:02 mark when Chase De Leo scored on the Hawks’ first shot of the game for a 1-0 lead. They made it a two-goal game at 11:52 when Henry scored, but Spokane cut the lead in half less than two minutes later on a goal by Devon McAndrews.
With under a minute to go in the first Nic Petan fired a shot that went through traffic and beat Spokane netminder Garret Hughson for a 3-1 lead. But then with 18 seconds to go in the period, the Chiefs again got within one on a goal by Riley Whittingham to make it 3-2 going into the second.
After the first period fireworks, it remained a one-goal game until the 15:30 mark of the second when Henry scored his second of the game for a 4-2 Portland lead. Henry then added one more on a power play at 18:50 to give the overage blueliner his first career hat trick, and the Hawks a 5-2 advantage going into the third.
Portland expanded the lead 2:00 into the third on a goal by Keegan Iverson to make it 6-2. Spokane’s Calder Brooks scored on a man advantage at 8:25, but the Hawks got that one back 48 seconds later when Oliver Bjorkstrand scored his league-leading 58th goal of the season for a 7-3 lead. Spokane’s Adam Helewka added a power play goal at 16:35, but that was as close as they’d get as the Hawks came away with the 7-4 win.
Along with his first career hat trick, Henry added an assist for four points. Bjorkstrand also had four points with a goal and three assists, and continues to league the league in both goals (58) and points (112).
Nic Petan added three points in the win, while De Leo, Iverson and Evan Weinger each had two.
Adin Hill earned the win in net with 43 saves on 47 shots. Hughson allowed seven goals on 36 Portland shots.
The Hawks will be back in action Friday when they travel to Kennewick, WA to take on the Tri-City Americans.