Portland Gets Past T-Birds

Ben Ludeman

Andrusiak and Hamaliuk score in 4-2 loss to Winterhawks

PORTLAND, September 29, 2018 — The Portland Winterhawks defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-2 Saturday night at the Moda Center.

The T-Birds next game is Friday, October 5, at Angel of the Winds Arena against the Everett Silvertips at 7:35pm. The T-Birds next home game is Saturday, October 6, against the Kelowna Rockets at 6:05pm at accesso ShoWare Center.

Portland went in front 1-0 at 17:04 of the first period on a power-play goal by Jake Gricius. Cody Glass and Jared Freadrich had the assists.

The Winterhawks outshot the T-Birds 16-11 in the first period.

Seattle (2-1-0-0) tied the game 12 seconds into the second period. Noah Philp shot the puck into the Portland zone and goalie Shane Farkas went to play the puck behind the net. Nolan Volcan stole the puck from Farkas behind the net and attempted a wraparound shot. Volcan’s shot came to Zack Andrusiak to the left of the goal and he put it into the empty net.

The Winterhawks took a 2-1 lead on a power-play goal by Reece Newkirk at 8:25 of the second.

Portland (1-2-1-0) received a seven-minute power play with 4:55 left in the second. The T-Birds got the second intermission on some great saves by goalie Liam Hughes. They entered the third period with 2:05 still on the penalty kill. Portland’s Jared Freadrich scored at 1:09 when his slap shot came off the end boards and deflected past Hughes.

Dillon Hamaliuk continue his hot start to the season by cutting the Winterhawks lead to one goal at the 10-minute mark of the third period. Andrej Kukuca tapped the puck to Hamaliuk behind Portland goal and Hamaliuk muscled his way to the top of the crease. Hamaliuk beat Farkas on the glove side. It was his third goal of the season and he has scored in all three T-Birds games so far this season.

The assist was Kukuca’s first point as a T-Bird.

Hughes headed to the bench for an extra attacker with 1:20 left in the third period. Blichfeld was able to hit the empty net at 18:57 from the neutral zone to get Portland’s fourth goal.

Portland outshot Seattle 45-32 in the game.

Hughes record is now 2-1-0-0 after stopping 41 of 44 shots.

Farkas had 30 saves on 32 shots and his record is 1-2-1-0.

Single game tickets are on sale online on the T-Birds website and at the accesso ShoWare Center box office.

Season Tickets for 2018-19 season are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.


First period – 1, Portland, Gricius 2 (Glass, Frederick), 17:04 (pp). Penalties – Kolle, Por (slashing), 4:35. Hanus, Por (delay of game), 6:52. Harsch, Sea (slashing, major-fighting), 11:31. Blichfeld, Por (roughing, major-fighting), 11:31. Kukuca, Sea (interference), 12:55. McNelly, Sea (interference), 15:23.

Second period – 2, Seattle, Andrusiak 2 (Volcan, Philp), :12. 3, Portland, Newkirk 3 (Freadrich, Blichfeld), 8:25 (pp). Penalties – Hamaliuk, Sea (charging), 7:52. Quigley, Por (major-fighting), 9:02. Bryks, Sea (cross checking, major-fighting), 9:02. Blichfeld, Por (hooking), 9:34. Wedman, Sea (checking to the head), 12:08. McNelly, Sea (cross checking, major-fighting, game misconduct), 15:03. Philp, Sea (major-fighting), 15:03. Savey, Sea (major-fighting, game misconduct), 15:03. Dureau, Por (major-fighting), 15:03. Fromm-Delorme, Por (major-fighting, game misconduct), 15:03.

Third period – 4, Portland, Freadrich 1 (Glass, Blichfeld), 1:09 (pp). 5, Seattle, Hamaliuk 3 (Kukuca), 10:00. 6, Portland, Blichfeld 20 (Glass, Freadrich), 18:57 (en). Penalties – Hanus, Por (holding), 5:58. Ludvig, Por (cross checking), 11:13.

Shots on goal – Seattle 11-11-10 32, Portland 16-15-14 45. Goalies – Seattle, Hughes 44 shots-41 saves (2-1-0-0); Portland, Farkas 32-30 (1-2-0-1). Power plays – Seattle 0-5; Portland 3-7. A – 8,208. Referees – Jeff Ingram, Ryan O’Keeffe. Linesmen – Jarrod Bowman, Erik Freeman.

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