Caleb Jones Scores OT Winner as Hawks Earn 5-4 Victory in Regina


Caleb Jones scored an overtime winner as the Portland Winterhawks (7-3-0-0) continued their trip through the East Division with a 5-4 win in Regina Wednesday against the Pats (4-0-3-0).

With just under a minute to go in the extra frame of what was a wild game, Jones carried the puck into the Regina zone on a two-on-one, kept the puck and wired it past goaltender Tyler Brown to give the Hawks the win in their first overtime game of the season.

The victory continued what’s been an excellent road trip, with the Hawks 5-2 on their trek.

After a scoreless first period, Portland’s Lane Gilliss opened the scoring 5:40 into the second for a 1-0 lead. Regina’s Adam Brooks responded at 17:51 as the two teams went into the third tied 1-1.

After the teams combined for just a pair of goals in the first 40 minutes, the third period turned into an offensive barrage. The Hawks struck twice in a span of 26 seconds as Evan Weinger and Colton Veloso scored on back-to-back shifts as they jumped out to a 3-1 lead five minutes into the frame.

Just 34 seconds after Veloso’s goal, Brooks scored his second of the game to cut the Hawks’ lead to 3-2. Regina then got power play goals from Sam Steel and Filip Ahl as they took a 4-3 lead midway through the third.

With just about three minutes to go and the Hawks on a 5-on-3 power play for a full two minutes, defenseman Keoni Texeira ripped a shot past Regina netminder Tyler Brown to tie it again at 4-4 and set up the Hawks’ first overtime of the season, where Jones would end up netting the winner.

Jones, Gilliss and Ryan Hughes all finished with two points apiece in Portland’s victory.

The Hawks’ eight-game road trip ends Saturday when the team heads to Spokane to take on the Chiefs. That game will be seen live on Portland’s CW.