PORTLAND, September 24, 2016 – The Portland Winterhawks defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 7-3 Saturday night at the Moda Center in Portland in the season opening game for both teams.
The T-Birds home opener for the 2016-17 season is Saturday, October 1, against the Winterhawks at 7:05pm at ShoWare Center.
Portland took a 1-0 lead on power-play goal by Keoni Texeira at 16:24 of the first period. Ryan Hughes had the only assist on the goal.
Seattle outshot Portland 10-9 in the first period.
Seattle tied the game 37 seconds into the second period. Scott Eansor came across the blue line with Donovan Neuls on his right. Eansor took a shot that came off Portland goalie Michael Bullion’s left pad right to Neuls. Neuls put the rebound past the goalie to tie the game.
The Winterhawks took the lead back at 4:25 of the second when a Carter Czaikowski shot redirected off Alex Overhardt and past Seattle goalie Rylan Toth. Colton Veloso had the second assist.
The T-Birds tied the game 2-2 at 5:46 of the second. Bryan Allbee sprung Luke Orsmby on a breakaway with a pass up the middle of the ice. Ormsby came down on Bullion and tried to beat the goalie five hole. Bullion made the save but the puck trickled to the goalie’s left. Ormsby followed up his shot poked the puck past the outstretched leg of the goalie.
Hughes put the Winterhawks up 3-2 at 14:24 of the second when he scored from the low slot. Cody Glass and
The Winterhawks outshot the T-Birds 14-10 in the second period and led 23-20 in shots after two periods.
Neuls scored 31 seconds into the third period to tie the game 3-3. Neuls took a pass from Nolan Volcan and cut through the slot left to right. He got Bullion to go down and tucked the puck inside the right post for the tying goal.
Glass gave the Winterhawks a 4-3 lead at 12:19 of the third. Evan Weinger passed the puck from behind the Seattle net to Glass coming down the slot and Glass converted.
Brendan DeJong scored a power-play goal at 14:53 of the third to make it a 5-3 Portland lead.
The T-Birds pulled Toth for an extra attacker with over two minutes left in the game. They had several chances, including two from Sami Moilanen in close, but were not able to get the puck past Bullion.
Skyler McKenzie scored an empty-net goal with 52 second left in the game and then Brad Ginnell scored the final Portland goal at 19:40 of the third.
Portland outshot Seattle 12-10 in the third period and 35-30 in the game.
Toth stopped 28 of 34 shots in the loss.
Bullion made 27 saves on 30 shots.
The T-Birds travel to Vancouver to play the Giants on Friday at the Langley Events Centre at 7:30pm.
T-Birds single game tickets for the 2016-17 season are currently on sale. Fans can purchase single game tickets online or at the ShoWare Center box office.
T-Birds 2016-17 season tickets are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.
First period – 1, Portland, Texeira 1 (Hughes), 16:21 (pp). Penalties – Sharp, Por (roughing), 12:24. Bensmiller, Sea (roughing), 12:24. Texeira, Por (cross checking), 12:36. Bishop, Sea (slashing), 14:41. Allbee, Por (hooking), 17:24.
Second period – 2, Seattle, Neuls 1 (Eansor), :37. 3, Portland, Overhardt 1 (Czaikowski, Veloso), 4:25. 4, Seattle, Ormsby 1 (Allbee), 5:46. 5, Portland, Hughes 1 (Glass, Weinger), 14:24. Penalties – Schuldhaus, Sea (high-sticking), 15:06.
Third period – 6, Seattle, Neuls 1 (Volcan), :31. 7, Portland, Glass 1 (Weinger, Jokiharju),12:19. 8, Portland, DeJong 1 (Hughes, Weinger), 14:53. 9, Portland, McKenzie 1 (Texeira), 19:09 (en). 10, Portland, Ginnell 1 (Colin), 19:40. Penalties – Bench, Sea (too many men-served by Ormsby), 13:27.
Shots on goal – Seattle 10-10-10 30, Portland 9-14-12 36. Goalies – Seattle, Toth 34 shots-28 saves (0-1-0-0); Portland, Bullion 30-27 (1-0-0-0). Power plays – Seattle 0-1; Portland 2-4. A – 8,705. Referees – Mike Campbell, Jason Nissen. Linesmen – Nick Bilko, Jarrod Bowman.