Late goal lifts Winterhawks
Cody Glass scored with 39.5 seconds remaining on Wednesday to give the Portland Winterhawks a 2-1 Western Hockey League win over the Prince George Cougars at Moda Center.
The Winterhawks scored twice in the third period in front of 4,180 fans to halt a three-game losing streak and earn their 10th win of the season. Portland (10-4-0-0, 18 points) is second in the U.S. Division behind Tri-City (10-4-2-0, 20 points).
Glass scored at the end of a four-on-two rush, beating Prince George goalie Tavin Grant from the left-wing circle.
Mason Mannek breathed life into the Moda Center, scoring the third goal of his rookie season to tie the game early in the third period.
Prince George took a 1-0 lead with 5:05 left in the second period on a Kody McDonald goal. He scored on an odd-man rush started when Portland's Kieffer Bellows lost his balance trying to shoot from the right-wing circle.
The game-winning goal came on a similar opportunity for Portland, with the Winterhawks able to force a turnover in their own zone and break out for a four-on-two rush. Bellows sent a cross-ice pass to Glass who found the target for the seventh time this season.
Glass also had an assist on Mannek's goal. Glass collected the puck near the offensive zone blue line and made a pass that allowed Mannek to enter the zone with speed. Mannek was able to skate around Cole Moberg to create space for a well-ataken shot.
Winterhawks goalie Cole Kehler stopped 30 of 31 shots, coming up big on several odd-man chances for the Cougars.
Portland outshot Prince George 43-31, but Grant was tough to beat. In two games in Portland this season — including a 3-0 win for Prince George on October 1 — Grant stopped 88 of 90 shots.
The Winterhawks are on the road for games Friday at Spokane and Saturday at Everett. Their next home game is on November 11 against Tri-City at Moda Center.