While Portland has already clinched a playoff spot, their current string of games has seen them stuggle to find points as the season winds down. The previous night, the Winterhawks struggled mightily getting bombarded by the Everett Silvertips losing 10-3. Heading back home for a stretch the Winterhawks hoped to snap their winless streak.
Portland (3) vs Tri-City (4) OT
SOG: POR (24) – TC (34)
PP: POR (1/2) – TC (2/5)
Saves: Špunar (30/34) – Suchanek (21/24)
The Winterhawks struggled to find consistency throughout the game, and paid dearly for a late 5-mintue penalty at the end of the 3rd period. Ultimately giving up a the game winning goal in overtime agains the Tri-City Americans. Yet, secured a point to round out an up and down evening.
Late in the first peiord Lukas Dragivic (Tri-City) 16:59, notched the first goal of the evening to get things started. The goal seemed to wake up the Winterhawks who responded before the end of the period off a power play goal by Marcus Nguyen.
In the second period defensive play kept the score knotted at 1-1 before Gabe Klassen netted the go ahead goal at 2-1. Minutes later Tri-City responded of a Tyson Greenway goal tieing the game at 2-2.
The third period saw much of the same with defensive play keeping both sides out of the net for the majority of the period. With Portland up 3-2 and time winding down, Tri-City was able to tie the game forcing the overtime. Having recieved a 5-minute penalty as time wound down, the Winterhawks were at the disadvantage during the overtime. With the extra attacker Tri-City controlled the puck not giving Portland an opportunity to counter-attack before eventually scoring the overtime winner.