PORTLAND -- The Portland Winterhawks (23-5-1-0) outshot the Tri-City Americans (18-11-1-1) 46-13 Friday, but dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker at the Rose Garden in front of 6,055 fans.
The defeat snapped a seven-game winning streak, and a 12-game streak at home.
The Americans scored the lone goal of the first period when Connor Rankin scored at the 9:27 mark, a period in which the Hawks outshot the Americans 17-6.
The Hawks continued dominating the second period, registering 13 shots in the frame before the Americans got their first. But 15 minutes into the period Tri-Cities got back-to-back power play goals 1:08 apart from Rankin and Malte Stromwall to take a 3-0 lead into the third period.
Portland broke through 4:51 into the third when Ty Rattie took a feed from Brendan Leipsic and beat Americans netminder Luke Lee-Knight to make it 3-1. The Hawks cut it to within one when Nic Petan fired a shot from the slot that beat Lee-Knight at the 10:55 mark to make it 3-2. Portland kept pouring it on, outshooting Tri-Cities 14-2 in the frame. But Lee-Knight kept the Americans in it with 44 saves as they finished with the win.
Leipsic extended his point streak to 17 games with an assist, and he s up to 17 goals and 23 assists for 40 points during the streak.
Seth Jones registered an assist and now has a seven-game point streak, with one goal and nine assists for 10 points.
The Hawks are in Seattle tomorrow to take on the Thunderbirds, and wrap up the weekend with a game on Kennewick Sunday against the Americans.