Hurricanes rally, stun Hawks in WHL shootout
Something new, something unusual a shootout for the Portland Winterhawks, and the team's first loss in 15 games.
Both happened Friday night at the Rose Garden, as the Hawks failed to tie the franchise record for consecutive wins (15).
Lethbridge outscored Portland 2-0 to clinch the shootout, the Hawks' first of the season. Lethbridge improved to 2-6 in shootouts.
Nic Petan and Ty Rattie missed their shootout attempts for the Winterhawks, while Remi Laurencelle and Reid Duke scored for the Hurricanes.
Portland coughed up a 3-0 lead, which it had built by midway through the second period before the crowd of 9.005.
After a Lethbridge rally, Petan scored his 30th goal of the season at 12:50 of the third period to put the Winterhawks back on top, 4-3.
The Hurricanes forced overtime after Sam Mckechnie tied the score with a power-play goal at 14:03 of the third period.
Hurricanes goaltender Ty Rimmer made 43 saves. Portland's Mac Carruth stopped 29 shots.
Portland forward Brendan Leipsic had a goal and an assist, extending his point streak to 13 games. He scored his 29th goal of the season.
Rattie and Petan each had two assists, and Portland also got goals from Tyler Wotherspoon (his eighth) and Oliver Bjorkstrand (17th).
The Winterhawks fell to 37-5-1-1, while Lethbridge improved to 22-20-1-5.
The Hawks have 76 points, seven more than the No. 2 team in the Western Hockey League Western Conference (Kelowna, 33-10-2-1).
Portland has two games in the next three days. The Winterhawks will be on the road to face Seattle at 7 p.m. Saturday, then will play host to Spokane at 3 p.m. Monday with the curtains open at Memorial Coliseum.