Seattle tops Winterhawks in shootout
The Seattle Thunderbirds erased a two-goal deficit in the third period, then converted twice in the tiebreaking shootout to edge the Portland Winterhawks 5-4 on Sunday in front of 9,233 fans at Memorial Coliseum.
Despite the loss, Portland extended its lead over ninth-place Spokane to nine points in the Western Hockey League's Western Conference.
The Winterhawks are 32-24-1-3 for 68 points from 60 games. Spokane has 59 points from 59 games.
Scoring goals for Portland were Evan Weinger, Caleb Jones, Skyler McKenzie and Keoni Texeira.
Sami Moilanen scored the tying goal for Seattle with 46 seconds left in the third period and an extra attacker on for the Thunderbirds.
He then scored the winner in the third round of the shootout as Seattle outscored Portland 2-1 in the tiebreaker.
Matthew Barzal scored the other shootout goal for Seattle, and Keegan Iverson converted for Portland.
Seattle (38-17-3-2, 81 points) moved within one point of U.S. Division leader Everett.
The Winterhawks had a two-goal lead after Texeria scored from near the left circle at 8:50 of the third period.
But the Thunderbirds closed to within 4-3 when Donovan Neuls scored 11:33 into the third period, seconds after a Seattle power play expired.
Seattle peppered Portland goalie Cole Kehler with 48 shots through three periods and the five-minute overtime.
The shots finished 49-33, with Seattle getting 21 shots on goal in the third period and five in overtime.
Each team scored a power-play goal in the first period.
Seattle struck first when Tyler Adams intercepted an attempted outlet pass by Kehler in front of the open net for an easy goal at 6:58.
Weinger tied the game at 14:22, taking a cross-ice pass from Henri Jokiharju and firing the puck into the open net.
Jones produced a highlight shorthanded goal to tie the score at 2-2 at 6:19 of the second period. He collected the puck in the circle to the left of Kehler and weaved his way up ice before sliding the puck past Seattle goalie Matt Berlin.
McKenzie gave Portland a 3-2 lead 13:42 into the second period. Cody Glass collected the puck near the defensive blue line and fed it to McKanzie, who sped up the right wing and shot the puck just inside the far post for his 36th goal of the season.
Seattle went 1 for 6 on the power play. But goals from Alexander True in the second period and by Neuls in the third came just after Portland penalties expired.
The Hawks were 1 for 2 on the power play and got the dazzling shorthanded goal from Jones.
In addition to their goals, McKenzie and Texeira had assists. McKenzie now has 70 points through 60 games.
The Winterhawks are on the road for their next three games, including a Wednesday visit to Tri-City and a Friday game at Everett. Tri-City is five points ahead of Portland and has played one more game than the Winterhawks.