The Portland Winterhawks (31-12-2-3) scored three times in the third period as they won their fifth straight with a 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Giants (23-17-5-3) Monday at the Moda Center in front of 6,044 fans.
Vancouver’s Cain Franson opened the scoring 7:15 into the game to give the visitors a 1-0 lead, but the Hawks responded at the 12:33 mark when Brendan Leipsic made a behind-the-back pass to Derrick Pouliot in the slot, who went top shelf past Giants netminder Payton Lee to even the game at 1-1.
Late in the period with Portland on a 5-on-3 power play, Pouliot fed Matt Dumba, who fired a blast from the point top corner to give Portland a 2-1 lead heading into the second. It was Dumba’s first goal as a Hawk.
After a scoreless second period, the Hawks took a 3-1 lead 4:36 into the third on a goal from Paul Bittner. Vancouver again got within one when Dalton Sward scored a power play goal to cut it to 3-2.