OT kind to Winterhawks
The Portland Winterhawks made it two wins in a row, both over Vancouver, but it took a little extra to get past the Giants 5-4 in overtime Friday night at Memorial Coliseum.
Ryan Hughes scored at 1:44 of the extra period for the win — his seventh game-winning goal, 26th goal overall and third OT score this season.
Vancouver had scored twice in the final 1:40 of regulation to rally from a 4-2 deficit.
Portland improved to 34-26-1-3 (72 points).
Vancouver slipped to 19-40-3-3 (44 points), last in the Western Hockey League Western Conference.
The Hawks are eighth out of 10 teams in the West and likely to nab the final playoff spot.
Portland outshot Vancouver 42-31, with Cole Kehler getting the victory on 27 saves.
Keegan Iverson, who got an assist on the OT goal, scored 47 seconds into the second period to give Portland a 1-0 lead. Assists went to Cody Glass and Skyler McKenzie.
Vancouver took a 2-1 lead, though, on goals at 7:41 and 8:32.
The Hawks got even at 10:50, with McKenzie scoring off a feed from Glass on a power play.
At 15:33, it was Brad Ginnell on the scoring end of passes from Colton Veloso and Brendan De Jong, and Portland had a 3-2 lead.
In the third period, new Hawk Matt Revel got his second goal in as many games to make it a 4-2 advantage. The score came at 16:37. Joachim Blichfeld got an assist.
Vancouver got a goal at with 1:20 to play, though, and then tied the score with 42 seconds to go.
The Hawks had snapped a four-game skid with their 5-1 win at Vancouver on Wednesday.
The teams will meet one more time this regular season — 6 p.m. Saturday at the coliseum.