The Winterhawks win their second straight game this weekend to improve to 9-6-0-1 on the year.
Saturday night had an up-tempo feel in the first period. The teams combined for 26 shots on goal and carried a tie game into the first intermission break. The Hawks hit bar twice in the first period and found a way to open the offense in the second.
Just over two minutes into the middle frame, Portland was sprung on a two-on-one rush with Cody Glass and Cross Hanas. The WHL rookie tapped in his second goal of the season to put the Hawks on the board. At the midway point of the period, forward Joachim Blichfeld scored on the power play to increase the Winterhawks’ lead to 2-0.
Shane Farkas made some tremendous stops in the second half of the frame to keep the Royals off the scoreboard through 40 minutes of play.
The Royals finally found a way to put the puck in the back of the net with a seeing eye shot from the blue-line to cut into the Hawks lead. The Royals and Hawks went back and forth for the final minutes. Despite having an extra attacker for over three minutes, Victoria was unable to tie the game.
Farkas finished with his best statistical performance of the year, stopping 34 of 35 shots in the 2-1 victory.
- 2nd @ 2:10 – POR – Cross Hanas (2), Cody Glass, Joachim Blichfeld
- 2nd @ 8:46 – POR – Joachim Blichfeld (12), Cody Glass, Jared Freadrich (PP)
- 3rd @ 5:31 – VIC – Dino Kambeitz (3), Igor Martynov, Mitchell Prowse (PP)
SHOTS ON GOAL:
POR: Shane Farkas with 34 saves
VIC: Griffen Outhouse with 36 saves