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The Portland Winterhawks (9-9-0-0) overcame an early 3-0 deficit and earned a 5-4 win over the Swift Current Broncos (8-9-2-0) at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Hawks scored five straight goals after the Broncos took their lead, including four in the second period.

Swift Current opened the scoring 9:53 into the first when Jon Martin scored his league-leading 20th goal of the season, then Martin struck again at 13:07 to make it 2-0. Swift Current extended the lead at 14:59 when defenseman Jordan Thomson scored to make it 3-0.

Late in the period Keegan Iverson gave the Hawks some momentum going into the break when he scored at 18:48 to cut the deficit to 3-1 going into the second. The goal extended Iverson’s career-high point streak to seven games, and set the Hawks on the comeback trail.

Potland got back within one 4:16 into the second when Skyler McKenzie, while being knocked to the ice, still managed to tip a shot that got past Broncos netminder Landon Bow to cut the deficit to 3-2.

The Hawks then erased the early 3-0 deficit entirely at 6:32 while shorthanded as Dominic Turgeon stole the puck at the blueline and raced down on the ice on a 2-on-1 with Alex Overhardt. Turgeon slid the puck across to Overhardt, who fired it past Bow for the shorthanded goal and a 3-3 tie.

Portland kept the offense rolling, and two minutes later with the teams playing four-on-four, Rihards Bukarts scored to give the Hawks a 4-3 lead. The Hawks kept coming, and at10:53 Iverson scored on a power play for his second of the game and a 5-3 advantage. After the fifth goal, Swift Current sent Travis Child in net to replace Bow, and Portland took the two-goal lead into the third.

Swift Current got back within one at 3:27 of the third when Tyler Steenbergen scored to make it 5-4, but the Hawks shut them down from there to close out the win.  

Defenseman Caleb Jones had three assists for the Hawks, the second time in three games he’s had a trio of helpers, while Rodrigo Abols added two assists.


Adin Hill picked up the win in net, turning away 26 of the 30 shots the Broncos took. Bow allowed five goals on 27 shots before being replaced, while Childs finished the game by stopping all 18 shots the Hawks took.

Portland was 1-6 on the power play, and a perfect 3-3 on the penalty kill, including a shorthanded goal.

The Hawks are back in action tomorrow when they travel to Vancouver to take on the Giants.