PORTLAND -- The Portland Winterhawks (49-13-2-3) scored three goals in the third period en route to a 7-3 win over the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds (39-21-2-4) Friday in front of a sold out crowd of 10,947 at the Moda Center.
The Hawks opened the scoring 8:41 into the game when Chase De Leo took a feed from Brendan Leipsic and fired it past Seattle goaltender Taran Kozun for the 1-0 lead. Seattle’s Russell Maxwell tied it at 1-1 when he scored a power play goal at the 14:25 mark, but Portland regained the lead on a power play goal of their own from Leipsic at the 18:38 mark. The Hawks added one more before the break when Anton Cederholm scored from the slot at the 19:12 mark to make it a 3-1 lead heading into the second.
Seattle got back within one when Shea Theodore scored on a two-man advantage at the 4:42 mark to cut it to 3-2, then tied it at 3-3 on another power play goal from Ryan Gropp at the 7:04 mark. It remained tied until 38 seconds remained in the period, when Oliver 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 Matt Dumba at the top of the right faceoff circle, with Dumba firing a blast past Kozun for 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 Kozun, which rounded out the scoring.
Leipsic finished with four points in the win, while Bjorkstrand had three to pass the 100-point mark for the season. Derrick Pouliot registered his 200th career point in the win, becoming just the six blueliner in team history to reach the mark. Josh Hanson also played in his 250th career game.
The Hawks are back in action tomorrow when they host the Vancouver Giants at the Moda Center.