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Hawks drop third game in three nights


COURTESY: DAYNA FJORD - Colton Veloso of the Portland Winterhawks controls the puck Sunday against Kamloops.Other than earning a point for an overtime loss, it was a lost Western Hockey League weekend for the Portland Winterhawks.

Playing three games in three nights, the Hawks went 0-2-1, including dropping a 3-0 game to Kamloops on Sunday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Blazers were playing their fourth game in five nights, with travel factoring in. Garrett Pilon scored in the first period, Matthew Campese in the second and Jake Kryski in the third for the Blazers (21-14-4-2).

Kamloops outshot Portland 34-21, and the Hawks managed only six shots on goal in the third period. Kamloops goalie Connor Ingram dealt Portland its third shutout loss of the season.

"There's no excuses for tonight's game," said Jamie Kompon, Portland general manager and coach. "We didn't come prepared to work and compete and that's the result."

The Hawks (20-19-2-0) lost 3-1 at Seattle on Friday and 4-3 in overtime to the Blazers on Saturday at Moda Center.

With 42 points, the Hawks are fourth in the U.S. Division, a point back of third-place Spokane. They are eighth in the Western Conference standings, just ahead of Vancouver (39 points) and Tri-City (36) for the final playoff spot.

"We didn’t show up with our best game tonight, obviously," Kompon said, "and we were fortunate that Everett beat Spokane, and we’re still in that holding pattern (a point back). We have an opportunity, but we can’t continue to have these type of games where we leave points on the table."

The Hawks played without Jack Dougherty, after he sustained an eye injury in a fight on Saturday. Says Kompon: "He couldn’t get his contact in; it's precautionary, we’re not going to play a player like that. He’ll be fine."

Paul Bittner is starting physical therapy after hip surgery, and Kompon still says it’s optimistic to think the big winger will be available for the WHL playoffs.

The Hawks play Regina at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Coliseum.