Kennewick, WA- The Portland Winterhawks (8-9-0-0, 16 pts) came into the Toyota Center on Wednesday Night and handed the Tri-City Americans (6-11-1-0, 13 pts) their third straight loss, as Tri-City lost 6-2 in front of 2,832 fans.
An early power play for Portland got them on the board as Rihards Bukarts slapped a one-time into the net for a 1-0 lead. Portland pushed the lead to 2-0 about a minute later as Dominic Turgeon scored. The Winterahwks made it 3-0 later into the first as Alex Schoenborn found twine. Tri-City had the shot advantage in the period 14-10, but Portland held the lead going into the second period.
Midway through the second, a goal from Alex Overhardt lit the lamp for a 4-0 lead. Three minutes later, Blake Heinrich put the puck in the net for a 5-0 lead. Tri-City got on the board shorthanded 14 minutes into the second, as Beau McCue skated in on a breakaway and slipped the puck between the legs of Michael Bullion, cutting the Portland advantage to 5-1 going into the third period.
The Americans fought in the third, as Morgan Geekie redirected a shot from Dylan Coghlan to cut the lead to 5-2 midway through the period. But Portland slammed the door shut 14:38 into the third, as Keegan Iverson scored on the power play to put the game away for the Winterhawks.
Tri-City has lost three straight games at home and overall.
The Americans spent 36 minutes in the penalty box and were unsuccessful with five power play chances. The Winterhawks were 2-of-7 on the power play and recorded 32 penalty minutes
Evan Sarthou made 28 saves in the loss while Michael Bullion stopped 29 shots in the win.
Tri-City will travel north to Canada for two games, starting with the Medicine Hat Tigers (5-7-2-1, 13 pts) this Friday, Nov. 13. Game time is at 6:30 p.m. at Canalta Centre. The Tigers defeated the Americans 4-1 last season at the Toyota Center. Listen to the game on NewsTalk 870, or watch the game through WHL Live or at Kimo’s, your Americans home away from home.
Jack in the Box Three Stars
1. Blake Heinrich, Portland
2. Dominic Turgeon, Portland
3. Morgan Geekie, Tri-City
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