Quick OT goal lifts Kamloops over Winterhawks
The Portland Winterhawks suffered their first overtime loss of the season on Friday.
The Hawks fell 5-4 to the Kamloops Blazers at Memorial Coliseum.
It took Kamloops just 21 seconds of extra play to get the winning goal. Brendan Ranford scored to lift the Blazers to 5-2-0-0 and a tie for first place in the Western Hockey League B.C. Division with the Victoria Royals (5-5-0-0).
Portland dropped to 4-4-1-0 (nine points). The Winterhawks are tied for second with the Spokane Chiefs (4-2-0-1) in the U.S. Division. The Tri-City Americans lead at 6-3-0-0 (12 points).
The Hawks return to the coliseum ice at 7 p.m. Saturday to face the Eastern Conference Brandon Wheat Kings (5-2-0-1, 11 points).
Portland forward Brad Ross sent the Kamloops game into OT with a power-play goal with 2:33 left in the third period. It was his fourth goal of the season.
Portland led 3-2 after the first period. Sven Bartschi, Nic Petan and Ty Rattie scored in the opening frame for the Hawks.
The game was tied 3-3 after two periods, and Kamloops took the lead 14 seconds in into the third period on a goal with the man advantage.
Portland never got off a shot in overtime but finished with a 41-37 edge in the game.
Mac Carruth went the distance in goal for the Hawks.
Ranford had a hat trick before the announced crowd of 2,425.
It was Portland's second overtime game of the season. The Hawks won their opener 3-2 in OT over the Everett Silvertips.
Rattie and Bartschi both had two assists.
Rattie (seven goals, seven assists) leads Portland in scoring with 14 points. Ross (eight assists) has 12 points. Bartschi, who has played in only six games because of his late return from the NHL Calgary Flames' camp, has 10 points (three goals, seven assists). Defenseman Derrick Pouliot also has three goals and seven assists for 10 points. Petan is at eight points, with four goals and four assists.