The Portland Winterhawks defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 5-4 in overtime Saturday night at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland.
The T-Birds play the Edmonton Oil Kings on Tuesday at ShoWare Center at 7:05pm.
Portland (10-12-0-0) took a 1-0 lead at 14:41 of the first period on a goal from Colton Veloso. Ryan Hughes had the only assist.
Hughes scored with 10 seconds left in the first give the Winterhawks a 2-0 lead going into the first intermission. Keoni Texeira and Veloso had the assists.
Both teams had seven shots on goal in the first period.
Seattle (10-8-1-1) got on the board at 3:53 of the second period on a power-play goal from Scott Eansor. Mathew Barzal carried the puck from the left wing to the right wing through the top of the slot. Barzal backhanded the puck to Sami Moilanen in the slot. Moilanen took a wrist shot that Eansor tipped past Portland goalie Cole Kehler for his team leading 10th goal of the season.
The T-Birds tie the game 2-2 at 10:25 of the second. Moilanen dug the puck out of the right corner and found Turner Ottenbreit pinching down from the left point with a pass. Ottenbreit beat Kehler high from the left circle for his third goal of the season. Nolan Volcan had the second assists.
Great hand eye coordination by Volcan on the power play at 15:55 of the second gave the T-Birds a 3-2 lead. Alexander True passed the puck out of the left corner to Ottenbreit at the high slot. Ottenbreit took a slap shot that went over Kehler and hit the end boards. The puck came off the end boards right to Volcan to the left of the net. Volcan batted the puck out of the air and past a lunging Kehler.
Portland tied the game 3-3 with 30 seconds left in the second period on a power-play goal from Joachim Blichfeld. Cody Glass and Keegan Iverson the assists.
The T-Birds outshot the Winterhawks 25-12 in the second period and led 32-19 in shots after two periods.
Seattle took a 4-3 lead at 5:16 of the third period when True banged in a rebound. Ethan Bear passed the puck from the right point to Jarret Tyszka at the left point. Tyszka took a wrist shot that rebounded off Kehler into the crease to True.
Portland tied the game 4-4 on a power-play goal by Iverson at the seven-minute mark of the third. Blichfeld and Glass had the assists.
The T-Birds outshot the Winterhawks 14-7 in the third period and 46-26 through three periods.
Hughes scored the game winning goal in overtime at 2:17 when he beat Seattle goalie Rylan Toth through the legs.
Seattle finished with a 46-27 advantage in shots.
Toth made 22 saves on 27 shots and his record is now 8-8-1-0.
Kehler stopped 42 of 46 shots and his record is now 8-7-0-0.
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