T-BIRDS HAVE POINTS IN 9 CONSECUTIVE GAMES AFTER SHOOTOUT LOSS TO PORTLAND
Moilanen and Harsch score in 3-2 shootout loss to Winterhawks
KENT, January 9, 2018 — The Portland Winterhawks defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-2 in a shootout Tuesday night at accesso ShoWare Center.
The T-Birds play the Kelowna Rockets on Friday at accesso ShoWare Center at 7:35pm. They are in Portland on Saturday to take on the Winterhawks at 6:05pm at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Portland goalie Cole Kehler stopped Seattle’s first two shooters, Zack Andrusiak and Noah Philp. Seattle goalie Liam Hughes stopped Cody Glass with a poke check but was beaten by Ryan Hughes with a backhand.
Sami Moilanen was the T-Birds third shooter and needed to score to extend the shootout. Kehler made poke check save on Moilanen’s deke to win the game or Portland.
The Winterhawks snapped the T-Birds five-game win streak. But the T-Birds have points in their last nine games with a record of 7-0-1-1.
Portland (24-13-1-2) took a 1-0 lead at 1:31 of the first period on a goal from Skyler McKenzie. Hughes and Glass had the assists.
The Winterhawks took a 2-0 lead at 19:58 of the first on an unassisted goal by Alex Overhardt.
Portland outshot Seattle 8-7 in the first period.
Seattle (20-14-4-2) cut the lead to one 57 seconds into the second period. Zack Andrusiak took a shot from the right point that came off Portland goalie Cole Kehler to Donovan Neuls in the low crease. Neuls backhanded the puck to Sami Moilanen who popped the puck over Kehler for his 17th goal of the season.
The T-Birds tied the game 2-2 at 11:48 of the second on a power-play goal from Reece Harsch. Nolan Volcan won the puck in the right corner of the Portland zone. Volcan skated behind the Portland net and found Harsch pinching down from the right point. Harsch beat Kehler on the glove side for his ninth goal of the season. Neuls had the second assist.
The T-Birds outshot the Winterhawks 33-29 in the game.
Seattle goalie Liam Hughes had 26 saves and his record is now 8-4-1-1.
Kehler had 33 saves and his record is now 20-9-1-2.
T-Birds single game tickets for the 2017-18 season are currently on sale online on the T-Birds website and at the accesso ShoWare Center box office.
Season Tickets for the WHL Champion T-Birds 2017-18 season are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.
First period – 1, Portland, McKenzie 29 (Hughes, Glass), 1:31. 2, Portland, Overhardt 9, 19:58. Penalties – Volcan, Sea (major-fighting), :54. Mannek, Por (major-fighting), :54. MacEachern, Por (hooking), 9:39. Kolle, Por (cross checking, roughing), 12:37. Lee, Sea (roughing), 12:37.
Second period – 3, Seattle, Moilanen 17 (Neuls, Andrusiak), :57. 4, Harsch 9 (Volcan, Neuls), 11:48 (pp). Penalties – McKenzie, Por (tripping), 10:16. Quigley, Por (tripping), 13:37. Kolle, Por (delay of game), 17:05.
Third period – No scoring. Penalties – No penalties.
Overtime – No scoring. Penalties – No penalties.
Shootout – Seattle 0 (Andrusiak NG, Philp NG, Moilanen NG). Portland 1 (Glass NG, Hughes G).
Shots on goal – Seattle 7-19-8-1-0 35, Portland 8-11-6-3-1 29. Goalies – Seattle, Hughes 28 shots-26 saves (8-4-1-1); Portland, Kehler 35-33 (20-9-1-2). Power plays – Seattle 1-5; Portland 0-0. A – 5,020. Referees – Mike Campbell, Mark Pearce. Linesmen – Adam Brastad, Mark Heier.