Giants rally stuns Winterhawks
Goalie David Tendeck made 47 saves and the Vancouver Giants scored three third-period goals on Wednesday to beat the Portland Winterhawks 4-2 in Western Hockey League action at Memorial Coliseum.
The loss ended a five-game win streak for Portland and halted a stretch of seven consecutive wins at home.
Portland (35-19-1-3, 74 points) remained two points back of U.S. Division-leading Everett. The Silvertips will play three times over the weekend, while Portland is idle until playing host to Kamloops next Wednesday.
Vancouver (30-18-5-3, 68 points) is third in the B.C. Division.
Portland dominated the shots-on-goal count, out-shooting Vancouver 49-18, including 18-5 in the third period before a crowd of 3,085.
Ty Ronning of the Giants ,scored twice in the third period, tying the game with a deflection for his 50th goal of the season and then scoring from the right-wing circle with 2:28 left.
An empty-net goal from Braydon Watts clinched it for the Giants with 30 seconds left.
Reece Newkirk and Ryan Hughes scored in the second period to give Portland a 2-1 lead.
But the story was the play of Vancouver goalie Tendeck, who made 19 saves in the second period and 20 in the third to earn the win. Thanks to Tendeck, the Giants won three of four games this season against the Winterhawks.
The 18-year-old goalie,, who on average stops 91.5 percent of the shots he sees has a 96.2 save percentage against Portland (152 saves on 158 shots this season).
In addition to getting 49 shots on goal Wednesday, the Winterhawks had three shots hit iron.
It was the first regulation loss of the season for Portland with a lead entering the third period.
An early goal from Dawson Holt put the Giants up 1-0.
Portland cranked up its game in the second period. Newkirk's fifth goal of the season off a Lukus MacKenzie assist tied it 2:49 into the second period, and Hughes put Portland up 2-1 with a power-play goal 17:02 of the second.
It was the fifth goal in the last six games for Hughes, who collected a pass near the blue line, skated to his left, faked a shot and then sent the puck through traffic and off the inside of the post for his 12th goal of the season.
Ronning's tying goal came after some rare extended offensive zone time for the Giants. After the Hawks failed on several attempts to clear the puck, a shot by Tyler Popowich deflected off the leg of Ronning and past Cole Kehler.
His winning goal was a high shot from the right wing circle after Portland had disrupted a two-on-one rush for Vancouver.