Five different players scored as the Portland Winterhawks (11-9-0-0) won their fourth straight game with a 5-2 victory Friday over the Tri-City Americans (8-13-1-0).
The balanced attack got underway early as Portland struck first 3:15 into the game on a power play when Jack Dougherty collected the puck at the blue line, sidestepped a sliding defenseman and wired a shot past netminder Evan Sarthou for a 1-0 lead.
The Hawks struck again at 7:05 after a great forechecking shift by Skyler McKenzie and Colton Veloso behind the Americans’ net. The puck eventually came free, and Veloso took a shot that got through traffic and beat Sarthou for a 2-0 advantage.
After Brian Williams scored for Tri-Cities at 10:28 to cut the lead to 2-1, Alex Overhardt got it right back for Portland less than two minutes later when he extended his goal streak to a career-high four games, giving the Hawks a 3-1 lead. After Overhardt’s goal, Tri-Cities brought in Nicholas Sanders to replace Sarthou between the pipes.
It remained 3-1 until 3:33 of the second when Dominic Turgeon took the puck out of the corner, went to the net, fought off the defense and scored for a 4-1 lead. It went back to a two-goal game 43 seconds later when Beau McCue scored for the Americans to make it 4-2.
Late in the period with the Hawks on a power play, Paul Bittner carried the puck down the left wing and scored from a sharp angle to give Portland a 5-2 lead they took into the third.
From there, the teams played a scoreless third period as the Hawks finished with their fourth consecutive win.
Adin Hill earned the win in net with 26 saves on 28 shots. When the Americans replaced starting goaltender Evan Sarthou with Nicholas Sanders in the first period, it was the third straight game the Hawks’ opponent replaced their starting netminder mid-game. It was also already the sixth such occurrence this season in just 20 games.
Portland was 2-5 on the power play and a perfect 2-2 on the penalty kill.
The Hawks will be back on the ice tomorrow when they travel to Seattle to take on the Thunderbirds at 7 p.m.