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Hawks lose tight game at Red Deer, face lowly Kootenay next to end trip


The end of a long Western Hockey League road trip is near for the Portland Winterhawks.

On Friday, the Hawks earned a point at Red Deer, losing in overtime, 4-3.

The Hawks conclude their six-game road trip at Kootenay, 6 p.m. Saturday. The Hawks are 2-2-1-0 on the trip. Kootenay has, by far, the league's worst record.

Dominic Turgeon scored his 30th goal of the season with 5:03 left at Red Deer, but the home team won on Ivan Nikolishin's goal with just 53 seconds left in overtime.

Blake Heinrich scored midway through the first period as the Hawks led, and then the teams scored three goals in under two minutes early in the second: Red Deer's Haydn Fleury, Heinrich and Red Deer's Adam Helewka to knot the score at 2-2.

Grayson Pawlenchuk gave the Rebels a 3-2 lead early in the third period, but Turgeon came up with the clutch tying goal.

Adin Hill faced 43 shots, making 39 saves. Portland put 34 shots on goalie Trevor Martin.

The defenseman Heinrich added an assist for a three-point night.

The Hawks moved to 31-27-4-0 with the loss at Red Deer (37-21-1-2), which will play host to the Memorial Cup tournament.

Kootenay lost 6-2 against Edmonton on Friday. The Ice are 10-46-5-0 for 25 points, 25 fewer than Saskatoon and Swift Current, the teams with the second-fewest points in the league.