Sunday, March 12, 2017

Portland's win streak goes to four in 5-4 win over Prince george

The B.C. Division has not had an easy time with the Portland Winterhawks. Wednesday night in Portland that trend continued as the Winterhawks held off the top team in the B.C. 5-4 behind two goals and two assists by Cody Glass. Portland boasts a record of 12-6 vs. the B.C. Division and split the four games with Prince George with two wins apiece. They were powered by a two-goal and two-assist night from Cody Glass in the win. Keegan Iverson, Caleb Jones and Henri Jokiharju each added two points for Portland, while Prince George was led by three assists from Radovan Bondra.

It was an eventful first period as Portland and Prince George traded two goals aside. Portland's captain Keegan Iverson got things going with a board-battle win in the Prince George zone. He got the puck to Cody Glass and the center collected and backhanded the puck past P.G. goalie Ty Edmonds all in one motion. Portland doubled their lead off some more hard work from their top line. Cody Glass outworked Jesse Gabrielle and pivoted inside to find Skyler McKenzie. The latter forward beat Edmonds with a quick shot that got just inside the far post. The Cougars started a run of three goals in a row with 6:52 left in the first. Gabrielle fired a pass down low to Radovan Bondra and the big Slovak fed Aaron Boyd at the net-front. Boyd tipped it in to make the game 2-1. Brendan Guhle tied things up 5:40 later and it was Jansen Harkins that started the play. The all-time franchise  points-leader fed Bondra with an incredible outlet pass and Bondra passed the puck to an activated Guhle. The speedy d-man beat Kehler to close out the scoring in the period.

Prince George then took their first lead of the game just 56 seconds into the next frame. Henri Jokiharju tried a no-look pass for his d-partner Keoni Texeira and the unexpected pass eluded the 19-year-old d-man. Jesse Gabrielle collected the puck and sneaked one through Kehler's pads for the 3-2 lead. Just a few minutes later, the Hawks tied the game up again. Cody Glass drove the wing and threw a shot towards the net that Keegan Iverson tipped on. Edmonds made the initial save, but Iverson was first to the rebound and put it home.

Caleb Jones then set up a pivotal Portland goal 3:43 into the third period. He batted the puck out of the air and sent Glass in on a two-on-one. Glass toe-dragged the puck around a defender and beat Edmonds glove-side for a 4-3 lead and his second of the game. Jokiharju then helped make up for his earlier miscue with a nifty pass down low to Joachim Blichfeld through traffic. The Dane got his stick under the puck in tight and roofed it over Edmonds for the two-goal lead. P.G. turned on the pressure after going down by two and broke through under a minute after the Blichfeld goal but it was too little too late. Colby McAuley got the P.G. goal as a missed Portland pass sent Bondra the other way. He fed McAuley who netted his 26th goal of the year.

Cole Kehler got the win by stopping 29 of 33 shots, while Edmonds turned away 33 of 38.

P.G. went 2/5 on the power play while Portland went 0/4.

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