Winterhawks turns back T-Birds, 5-3

Thunderbirds forward Riley Sheen crashes into Winterhawks goalie Brendan Burke. - Courtesy photo/Kyle Scholzen, Thunderbirds
Thunderbirds forward Riley Sheen crashes into Winterhawks goalie Brendan Burke.
— image credit: Courtesy photo/Kyle Scholzen, Thunderbirds

The Portland Winterhawks defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 5-3 Friday night at the ShoWare Center in Kent.

The T-Birds face the Tri-City Americans at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at the ShoWare Center.

Portland (42-7-1-2) took a 1-0 lead at 6:48 of the first period on a goal from Brendan Leipsic. Ty Rattie and Nic Petan had the assists.

Seattle (19-29-3-1) took a 2-1 lead with two goals in 30 seconds by the line of Roberts Lipsbergs, Alexander Delnov and Connor Honey. Lipsbergs tried to center the puck from the left corner to Alexander Delnov on top of the crease. Delnov was tied up by a Portland defender and the puck deflected to Connor Honey in the slot. Honey beat Portland goalie Brendan Burke over the glove for his 14th goal of the season.

The line stayed on the ice for the next shift and converted 30 seconds after the first goal to give the T-Birds a 2-1 lead. Lipsbergs carried the puck up the right boards and then cycled it low to Honey in the corner. Honey found Delnov alone in front of Burke. Delnov, with time, controlled the puck and then put it over Burke's blocker for the go-ahead goal.

The Winterhawks tied the game 2-2 at 15:30 of the first when Oliver Bjorkstrand scored a power-play goal. Chase De Leo and Tyler Wotherspoon were credited with the assists.

Portland outshot Seattle 18-9 in the first period.

Portland took a 3-2 lead at 6:55 of the second period when defenseman Shaun MacPherson scored. Petan and Rattie had the assists.

The Winterhawks led in shots 30-12 after two periods by outshooting the T-Birds 12-3 in the second period.

Petan scored a power-play goal at 10:52 of the third period to extend the Winterhawks lead to 5-2. Leipsic and Rattie had the assists.

The T-Birds pulled goalie Danny Mumaugh with more than two minutes left in the game to try and cut into the Winterhawks lead. Shea Theodore was able to capitalize by beating Burke with a slap shot from just inside the blue line at center ice. Jesse Forsberg and Luke Lockhart had the assists on the goal that came at 18:178 of the third.

Seattle outshot Portland 14-11 in the third period. The Winterhawks finished the game with a 41-26 advantage in shots.

Mumaugh made 36 saves on 41 shots and his record is now 0-5-0-0.

Burke stopped 23 of 26 shots and his record is now 17-4-1-0.

For T-Birds tickets, go to the team website or visit the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday game days at 10 a.m. and Sunday game days at noon.


First period - 1, Portland, Leipsic 34 (Rattie, Petan), 6:48. 2, Honey 14 (Lipsbergs), 13:30. 3, Seattle, Delnov 16 (Lipsbergs, Honey), 14:00. 4, Portland, Bjorkstrand 22 (De Leo, Wotherspoon), 15:30 (pp). Penalties - Green, Sea (hooking), 7:03. Foulk, Sea (cross checking), 14:23. Sheen, Sea (goaltender interference), 18:12.

Second period - 5, Portland, MacPherson 1 (Petan, Rattie), 6:55. 6, Portland, Rattie 29 (Jones, Leipsic), 17:55 (pp). Penalties - Honey, Sea (tripping), 1:40. Foulk, Sea (delay of game), 7:48. Leier, Por (goaltender interference), 13:13. Kambeitz, Sea (delay of game), 17:05. Swenson, Sea (delay of game), 17:22.

Third period - 7, Portland, Petan 36 (Leipsic, Rattie), 10:52 (pp). 8, Seattle, Theodore 12 (Forsberg, Lockhart), 18:17. Penalties - Leipsic, Por (interference), 1:41. Sanvido, Sea (high-sticking), 4:52. Delnov, Sea (tripping), 6:35. Delnov, Sea (checking from behind), 10:34. Bjorkstrand, Por (tripping), 14:41.

Shots on goal - Seattle 9-3-14 26, Portland 18-12-11 41. Goalies - Seattle, Mumaugh 41 shots-36 saves (0-5-0-0); Portland, Burke 26-23 (16-4-1-0). Power plays - Seattle 0-2; Portland 3-10. A - 3,222. Referees - Steve Papp, Jeff Ingram. Linesmen - Chris Sweeting, Justin Hull.

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