Third-period goals lift Winterhawks past Seattle, 7-3



The Portland Winterhawks scored three goals in the third period en route to a 7-3 Western Hockey League win over the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday in front of a sold out crowd of 10,947 at the Moda Center.

Brendan Leipsic and Matt Dumba each scored two goals for the Winterhawks (49-13-2-3), with Leipsic adding two assists.

Oliver Bjorkstrand had a goal and two assists, and Paul Bittner and Derrick Pouliot each had two assists. Pouliot registered his 200th career point in the win.

Seattle (39-21-2-4) tied the game at 3-3 on a power play goal from Ryan Gropp at 7:04 in the second period.

With 38 seconds remained in the period, Bjorkstrand scored to give the Hawks a 4-3 lead going into the third.

Portland went back up by two goals at the 5:35 mark when Keegan Iverson found Dumba at the top of the right faceoff circle, with Dumba firing a blast past for the goal and a 5-3 Hawks lead.

Midway through the period the Hawks struck again when a shot by Leipsic went off the post and then in off a Seattle defenseman to give Portland a 6-3 advantage.

It became a 7-3 game at the 13:39 mark when Dumba fired one from the blueline that got through traffic and past Seattle goalie Taran Kozun.

Also scoring goals for Portland were Anton Cederholm and Chase De Leo.

The Hawks are back in action Saturday when they host the Vancouver Giants at the Moda Center.