PORTLAND -- The Portland Winterhawks (37-5-1-1) dropped a 5-4 decision in a shootout to the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes (22-20-1-5) Friday at the Rose Garden in front of 9,005 fans.
The loss snapped the Hawks 14-game winning streak, although Portland did get a point in the standings with the game going to overtime, and remain first overall in the WHL.
The Hawks struck early when Brendan Leipsic created a turnover at the Portland blueline, leading to a three-on-one the other way, which was capped off by Leipsic taking a feed from Ty Rattie and beating Hurricanes netminder Ty Rimmer to make it 1-0 at the 4:39 mark of the first.
Later in the period with the Winterhawks on a 5-on-3 power play, defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon fired a blast past Rimmer to make it 2-0 at the 14:43 mark, a lead Portland took into the second period.
The Hawks extended the lead at the 8:15 mark of the second when Oliver Bjorkstrand corralled a rebound in front of the Lethbridge net and scored to make it 3-0. The Hurricanes got on the board at the 10:33 mark on a goal by Reid Duke to cut Portland s lead to 3-1, then got within one on a goal by Harrison Harper at the 15:55 mark as they made it a 3-2 game going into the third.
Midway through the third the Hurricanes tied the game at 3-3 when Jamal Watson scored at the 10:32 mark. The Hawks regained the lead at the 12:50 mark on a power play when Petan took a cross-ice feed from Leipsic and scored his 30th of the season to give Portland a 4-3 lead. But the Hurricanes again tied it on a power play of their own just over a minute later on a goal by Sam Mckechnie to make it 4-4 and force overtime.
The Hawks controlled play through much of the extra frame, but were unable to net a winner and the game went to a shootout, the first of the season for Portland.
The Hurricanes capitalized on their first two chances in the shootout to come away with the 5-4 win.
All three members of the Hawks first line extended point streaks tonight. Leipsic s goal and assist gave him a 13-game streak, Nic Petan s goal and two assists extended his streak to eight games, while Rattie s two assists give him points in all five games since returning from the World Junior Championship. Rutkowski s assist took his point streak to eight games.
The Hawks are back in action tomorrow in Seattle at 7 p.m. They host the Spokane Chiefs Monday in a 3 p.m. matinee with the curtains open in Veterans Memorial Coliseum