The Portland Winterhawks (6-3-0-0) scored five power play goals Tuesday as they skated to a 7-6 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings (2-3-1-0).


Special teams played a big role in this game, as the Hawks had five power play goals while going 7-9 on the penalty kill.


Brandon opened the scoring at 10:23 of the first on a power play goal from Jordan Wharrie for a 1-0 lead. The Wheat Kings then added another power play goal from Ty Lewis at 12:50 to make it 2-0 going into the second period.


The two teams played an entertaining second period, combining for six goals. The Hawks got on the board 1:24 into the second when Lane Gilliss ripped the puck past Wheat Kings netminder Jordan Papirny to cut the deficit to 2-1. Portland then tied it at the 5:57 mark of the second while on the power play when Joachim Blichfeld wired it top shelf to even the game at 2-2.


Just over two minutes after Blichfeld’s goal, with the Hawks on a power play, Ryan Hughes began a tic-tac-toe passing play that ended with Keoni Texeira feeding the puck into the net for a 3-2 lead at 9:06.


At the 11:44 mark of the second with the teams playing 4-on-4, Brandon’s Tanner Kaspick scored to even it at 3-3. Alex Overhardt buried the puck on yet another power play at 14:52 for a 4-3 lead, but Kaspick scored his second of the night for the Wheat Kings to tie it again at 4-4 going into the third.


The opening three minutes of the third period was just as lively as the rest of the game as nearly four minutes of power play time resulted in two goals for Portland and a shorthanded goal for the Wheat Kings. Just 29 seconds into the period, Keegan Iverson scored a power play marker to give Portland the 5-4 advantage, but Reid Duke responded with a shorthanded goal less than a minute later to even it again at 5-5.


Then, 2:26 into the third with the Hawks still on the power play, Cody Glass hammered the puck in, for the team’s fifth power play goal of the night, to take a 6-5 lead.


With Papirny on the bench for an extra attacker, Evan Weinger scored into the empty net to make it 7-5 at 18:52. Nolan Patrick then scored for the Wheat Kings with 3.4 seconds remaining, but it wasn’t enough as the Hawks skated away with the 7-6 victory.


Joachim Blichfeld and Skyler McKenzie each finished with three points in the victory, while Caleb Jones and Keoni Texeira tallied two apiece.
The Hawks play their final game in the East Division tomorrow in Regina when they take on the Pats, and then close out their two-week road trip Saturday in Spokane against the Chiefs.