Portland Winterhawks Win Three in a Row
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Adin Hill returned between the pipes for Portland as he faced an always tough Swift Current Broncos team in Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Unlike the Tri-City game, it was Swift Current who built a lead early, piling up a 3-0 lead before Portland saw the scoreboard. Jon Martin, the Broncos’ leading scorer, had two goals and an assist in the game. With Swift Current leading 3-1 going into the second period, it was almost like a flash went off in front of the Winterhawks as they piled on 4 goals very quickly, including a power play and short-handed goal which gave them a 5-3 lead. Swift Current replaced starter Landon Bow with Travis Childs, who would stop Portland the rest of the way. Swift Current would get one back in the third period, but Portland managed to hang on and won by a 5-4 score. Keegan Iverson scored twice, with Bukarts, Overhardt and McKenzie adding single markers. Portland went 1 for 6 on the power play, with Swift Current being blanked on 3 opportunities and giving up the short-handed goal.
The Hawks boarded a bus right after the game and headed north for a game against the Vancouver Giants. The Giants have been a hit and miss team with strong wins and brutal losses and had just come off a hard fought overtime win at home. Portland seemed to draw the ire of referee Steve Papp, the only referee assigned to the game. Portland found themselves in revolving penalty trouble including a pair of 5-on-3 attempts which assisted in Vancouver jumping out to a 2-0 lead. However, despite what seemed to be slanted officiating, the Hawks took adversity by the horns and battled back strong. In fact, the Hawks hadn't really made any concentrated attack until they were free of the penalties and that would be after the ten minute mark of the first period. When they did come back, the intensity was as strong as one has ever seen. Alex Overhardt was the first to crack the twine 13 minutes in, followed by Rodrigo Abols just over a minute later. Barely into the second period, Portland was now up by two with Keegan Iverson and Brett Clayton scoring unassisted goals just over a minute apart. That chased Vancouver starter Daniel Wapple from the net. Ty Ronning answered by for Vancouver midway through the second, by the door was shut by Alex Schoenborn just 5 minutes into the third. Portland was unable to convert any of the 5 power plays they had, while Vancouver was 2 for 4.
With the wins, Portland sits just 5 points out of first place in the US Division with a 10-9-0-0 record. The Winterhawks now take the week off, returning to play the Tri-City Americans at home on Friday, followed by a trip to ShoWare Center for just their second game against the division leading Seattle Thunderbirds. Portland will play just twice more this month with games against Moose Jaw in a midweek game and a special Daylight Classic game versus the Vancouver Giants on November 28.
Ice Chips: The Burgerville Daylight Classic Game at Veterans Memorial Coliseum will start at 3pm and also be known as "Keeping Portland Warm Night". Fans are encouraged to bring to the game new and gently used blankets, sleeping bags, sweaters and new socks among other "warm" items for donation to the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division. Last season, fans donated enough items to fill over 8 barrels! Meet and Greet with Cody Glass, Rodrigo Abols, Caleb Jones and Brendan De Jong at Burgerville on Hawthorne Boulevard on Monday, November 23 from 5:30 to 7:30pm.
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