Portland Winterhawks Win In OT

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The Portland Winterhawks won their second consecutive game to start the preseason, with rookie Joachim Blichfeld scoring the winner in a 3-2 overtime win.

Portland utilized the powerplay to get on the board first, with 16 year-old rookie Brad Ginnell backhanding in a rebound inside at 7:53. Fellow rookie Lane Gilliss added an assist on the goal, as well as returnee Colton Veloso.

Spokane would reply back on a powerplay goal just under three minutes later from Kailer Yamamoto at 10:33. The score remained knotted at 1-1 through the first 20 minutes.

Special teams would continue to be pivotal in the middle stanza, as the only goal of the second came on the powerplay from Spokane’s Jordan Henderson at 16:09. After two periods it was a 2-1 Chiefs lead.

The Hawks started the third period on the man advantage, and would strike just 6 seconds into the frame. 16 year-old rookie Ilijah Colina fired home his second of the preseason off a nice pass from veteran defenseman Keoni Texeira. That 2-2 scoreline would hold up for the remainder of regulation time.

Danish winger Joachim Blichfeld was the overtime hero, backhanding in a rebound of an entry shot from Carter Czaikowski at the 1:21 mark to seal the victory. With the win, the Hawks improve to 2-0-0-0 in their preseason schedule thus far.

Cole Kehler, who came over in a trade from Kamloops this offseason, stopped 46 of 48 shots in net for the Hawks. Spokane’s Matt Berlin stopped 20 of 23 in the loss. Portland scored twice on six chances on the Powerplay, while the Chiefs finished 2 for 10.

Today’s game was the second of three in Everett this weekend. The preseason continues tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. against the host Everett Silvertips. The Hawks will play a total of six preseason games before opening the 2016-17 regular season at home to the Seattle Thunderbirds on Saturday. September 24 at the Moda Center.

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