Brendan Burke and Carter Hart then traded huge saves in the 3rd, to force the extra session. Oliver Bjorkstrand and Miles Koules both struck iron in the 3rd. Schoenborn's goal was not just because of the effort they made, but the work of the 2 previous forward units, as Portland got all 3 shots in OT and controlled most of the play.
Burke stopped 26 of 28 shots for his first win and Hart saved 28 of 31 for the loss. The Hawks were 0/1 on the power play and is now 0/6 on their last 6 power plays and 5/29 (17.2%). Everett was 1/1 on the night and is now 6/25 (24%) on the season. Portland's PK takes a hit going down to 78.9% and Everett's improves to 75%.
-I really like what I am seeing from Portland's second line. Paul Bittner, Dominic Turgeon and Keegan Iverson are an everage of 6'2" and 202 lbs and all play really well with and without the puck. They consistently wore down Everett's Defensemen and though they didn't get any points on the night, they created a lotof chances. Even with Nic Petan returning as soon as Monday night in Victoria, I hope they keep these 3 large bodies together.
-The 4th line got a goal for the 2nd night in a row with Predinchuk notching his 2nd of the year. Weinger scored on Friday night. Alex Overhardt, Weinger and Predinchuk seem to work well together and Coach Jamie Kompon had no problem with them matching up vs Everett's top line of Kohl Bauml, Brayden Low and Nikita Scherbak.
-Miles Koules was even better in his second game in a Portland sweater, looking for outlets and getting sent on one breakawy and coming inches from catching another. He fits really well in Kompon's system with his hard work on the boards and plays at a quick pace which will benefit him even more when Petan returns.
-Koules also is really sollid 1 on 1, setting up an open shot even with a D-man all over him. At one point in the 3rd period, he made a nifty behind the back play, setting up an open shot.
-Portland's defense is improving at keeping driving opponents to the outside, but still has a long way to go.
-Joshua Smith continues to be a penalty minute machine with another minor, which directly led to Scherbak's goal. Smith's penalty came from him not mioving his feet enough on the play. He really needs to do a better job of using his size in a legal way.
-Jack Flaman, Travis McEvoy (O/A), Colton Veloso, Brendan De Jong and Nick Heid were all healthy scratched for the Hawks on the night, as Blake Heinrich is the only Winterhawk remaining out of the lineup for health reasons (concussion). You would think that some changes will be made soon to the roster.
-Portland went with a #1 power play unit of De Leo, Koules and Bittner up front and Layne Viveiros and Oliver Bjorkstrand on the points. If Petan returns Monday, he will likely take Bjorkstrand's spot on the point, oving him up to where he is comfortable in the middle.
-Former Winterhawk Tyler Sandu, really has been a disappointment for Everett, after a 33 point 16 year old campaign, he had 30 points last season in an injury plagued season. This season he is already playing down on the 3rd line RW with Laurenecelle and Patrick Bajkov.
-Cole MacDonald is being counted on to play a shut down role for Everett this season and he was matched up vs. Portland's top line, doing a mostly solid job of keeping this line in check.
#3: Remi Laurencelle- I am getting more and more impressed with his play this season. Last year he was more of a 4th line after-thought, scoring only 4 points after being acquired from Lethbridge. This season he is one of Everett's more energetic players and is a good 2 way player.