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Tri-City Herald: First-place Winterhawks can’t crack Americans’ goalie

By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald

Every team has its Kryptonite. Friday, the Portland Winterhawks’ was Luke Lee-Knight.

The Tri-City Americans goaltender stopped 44 of 46 shots — including 32 over the first two periods when he held the Winterhawks scoreless — in leading the Americans to a 3-2 win at the Rose Garden.

The U.S. Division-leading Winterhawks had won 12 consecutive home games dating back to Oct. 20, before Lee-Knight and the Americans rolled into town.

“Luke was where it all started, and they all battled,” said Tri-City coach Jim Hiller, whose team hosts the Winterhawks today at Toyota Center. “We battled hard against a good team. We probably should have won Thursday (8-4 home loss to Seattle). We are 1-1 over the week, and (today) is a chance to put together a real solid weekend.”

The Americans (18-11-1-1, 38 points) trail the Winterhawks (24-5-1-0, 49) by 11 points in the division standings and are seven points behind second-place Spokane (22-8-1-0). Portland comes into tonight’s game on the heels of a 6-2 win at Seattle on Saturday.

 

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