In Tri City on Tuesday night, the Hawks blew an early 2-0 lead, giving up 4 straight goals and losing for the 3rd time to Tri City and only 10th time, in regulation, all season.
The game started on a good note for Portland when D-man Shaun MacPherson, after getting out of the penalty box, slipped behind the American's defense, got in all alone and slipped the puck backhand past Goalie Troy Trombley 10:22 into the game.
Then, only 5:39 into the 2nd period, Nic Petan, with his second assist of the game, found Ty Rattie, on an odd man rush and Rattie flipped it glove side, to make it 2-0.
Then Tri City came to life and responded with 4 goals to close out the scoring in the last 33 minutes and 36 seconds of the game. The first goal came when Justin Feser drove in on 2 Hawks D-men and fired it past Brendan Burke's glove side.
Then, in the 3rd, Brendan Leipsic, made a silly pass in the offensive zone, leading to Am's Forward Parker Bowles, putting a long rebound off a Beau McCue shot past Burke, for his 20th of the year.
The eventual game winner was put in by Connor Rankin off the 2nd rebound, after the Hawks Defense and Burke couldn't find the puck.
Then, after Leipsic and Nic Petan failed to clear the zone, Justin Feser found Defenseman Zach Yuen filling the slot, to make it 4-2.
The Hawks had several chances near the end of the game, but were felled by a too many men on the ice penalty with 46 seconds left in the game.
Burke, who came in with a 4-0 record and a 1.65 Goals Against Average against the Americans gave up 4 goals on 32 shots. Trombley, stayed undefeated, with 37 saves on 39 shots.
#3- Nic Petan- 2 beautiful assists and seemed to be the only Center who could beat Jusin Feser on the draw.
#2- Troy Trombley- Strong when he needed to be, after giving up 2 goals early in first 16 minutes of the game.
#1- Parker Boweles- Lead Tri Cities 2nd line with a goal and an assist and had many more chances come off his stick.