Winterhawks Win The I-5 Rivalry

Portland Winterhawks (4) vs Seattle Thunderbirds (3).Photo by Ben Ludeman

In a night in which the Winterhawks dominated their offensive zone play, they beat the Thunderbirds 4-3 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. It marked the organization’s second win of the year against Seattle.

The first period lived up to the I-5 Rivalry hype. The Winterhawks outshot Seattle 22 to 6 in the period, and took only seven and a half minutes to find their first goal of the night. Cody Glass broke out of the zone with Reece Newkirk and Newkirk scored shorthanded on a hard pass-off-pad to make it a 1-0 game.

Seattle responded 20 seconds later on the power play. Zack Andrusiak netted his first of the night to tie the game at one. In the final minute of the period, Jaydon Dureau forced in a Newkirk wrap around chance to give Portland a 2-1 lead heading into the locker room.

The Winterhawks began the second period on the power play and needed only 28 seconds to find the back of the net. Cody Glass one-timed in his ninth of the season to extend the Hawks lead to 3-1. Glass has now recorded a point in his last 11 games.

Andrusiak cut the lead in half a few minutes later on an in-tight play at the top of Farkas’ crease. Before the second period ended, Mason Mannek collected a puck off the end wall and wristed it home for the team’s fourth of the night, giving the Hawks a 4-2 lead into the intermission.

In the third, Portland controlled play in their offensive end, but Liam Hughes turned aside all 13 shots in the final 20 minutes, including two impressive denials to keep the game within reach. With an extra attacker, Andrusiak scored his hat trick goal by redirecting it five hole. The Hawks buckled down and won 4-3 at home for their 14th win of the season.