SEATTLE -- The Portland Winterhawks (37-6-1-1) dropped a 4-3 decision in Seattle Saturday against the Thunderbirds (17-26-2-1).
Brendan Leipsic got the Hawks on the board with his 30th goal of the season 6:44 into the game for a 1-0 lead. The Thunderbirds came back with goals from Roberts Lipsbergs and Connor Honey to take a 2-1 lead into the second period.
The Hawks tied it at 2-2 when Ty Rattie scored his 20th of the season 1:32 into the second, but the Thunderbirds went back up on top on a goal by Branden Troock at the 4:59 mark to make it 3-2, a lead they took into the third period.
Seattle went up by two when Adam Kambeitz scored 9:40 into the frame, but the Hawks got back within one on a goal from Nic Petan at the 13:55 mark. The score remained 4-3 late in the frame, and despite generating numerous chances late in the game, Portland couldn t get the equalizer.
Several Winterhawks extended lengthy point streaks tonight. Leipsic s goal and two assists gave him a 14-game streak, Nic Petan s goal and two assists extended his streak to nine games and Rattie s goal gave him points in all six games since returning from the World Junior Championship.
The Hawks are back in action with a 3 p.m. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day matinee in Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Coliseum s curtains will be open for the game, allowing daylight into the arena bowl.