Winterhawks get six goals in a row, get even


Portland avenges opening-night loss to Seattle; two goals for Bjorkstrand, four points for Petan

KENT, Wash. — After losing 5-2 at home to Seattle the night before, the Portland Winterhawks fell behind 1-0 on the road to the Thunderbirds on Saturday.

But then the Hawks exploded, scoring six goals in a row on the way to a 6-2 victory.

Portland (1-1) will complete its opening weekend of Western Hockey League play at 5 p.m. Sunday at Tri-City.

Seattle (1-1) scored 7:20 into Saturday's game on a power-play shot by Seth Swenson.

Portland defenseman Derrick Pouliot scored at 16:45 of the first period, and the teams were even after 20 minutes.

Portland outshot Seattle 21-6 in the second period, and the Hawks got goals from Chase De Leo and Oliver Bjorkstrand to lead 3-1.

In the first six minutes of the third period, Nic Petan, Adam De Champlain and Bjorkstrand scored to give the Winterhawks a 6-1 edge.

De Champlain’s goal was the first of his career, and came in his first WHL game.

Seattle's Jesse Forsberg scored at the 6:44 mark.

Petan, who also had three assists on Saturday, has been in on six of Portland's eight goals.

The Hawks outshot Seattle 44-25 to finish with a total of 101 shots at the Thunderbirds in two games.

Portland's Cam Lanigan made 23 saves. Brandon Glover started for Seattle and allowed five goals on 41 shots. Justin Myles relieved him in the third period and made two saves on three shots.