T-Birds Fall To Portland in Last Home Game of 2019

Brian Liesser

Bruggen-Cate scores in 4-1 loss to Portland

KENT, December 28, 2019 — The Portland Winterhawks defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-1 Saturday night in front of 5,076 fans at accesso ShoWare Center.

The T-Birds and Winterhawks will meet on New Year’s Eve in Portland at 7pm. The T-Birds next home game is Saturday, January 11, against the Everett Silvertips at 6:05pm in our annual Fred Meyer Teddy Bear Toss presented by WARM 106.9 FM. Single game tickets are on sale online on the T-Birds website and at the accesso ShoWare Center box office.

Seattle went in front 1-0 at 7:11 of the first period on a power-play goal by Conner Bruggen-Cate. Zach Ashton broke up a Portland three-on-one break in the slot. Henrik Rybinski got to the loose puck and led a T-Birds three-on-one break. Rybinski passed the puck to Max Patterson on the right wing as he entered the offensive zone. Patterson crossed the puck to Bruggen-Cate in the left circle. Bruggen-Cate put the puck over Portland goalie Isaiah DiLaura’s blocker for his fifth goal of the season.

Portland tied the game 1-1 on a goal by Jack O’Brien at 8:17 of the first.

The Winterhawks took a 2-1 lead at 13:03 of the second period on a goal from Tyson Kozak and then made it 3-1 at 12:56 of the third period on a goal from Mason Mannek.

Seattle scored what they thought was a goal with about seven minutes left in the game. But the referee waved the goal off saying DiLaura was pushed into his net.

Ross_Teaser_122819Seattle pulled goalie Roddy Ross for an extra attacker with over two minutes left in the game. The T-Birds were pressuring but Reece Newkirk was able to score a empty-net goal to seal the win for Portland.

Ross had 46 saves in the game and kept the team in the game in the first period when he had 22 saves.

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First period – 1, Seattle, Bruggen-Cate 6 (Patterson, Rybinski), 7:11 (pp). 2, Portland, O’Brien 4 (Gervais), 8:17. Penalties – Hanas, Por (tripping), 2:76. Hanas, Por (roughing), 6:26. Patterson, Sea (high-sticking), 9:53.

Second period – 3, Portland, Kozak 6 (Cicek, Hanas), 13:03. Penalties – Bateman, Sea (cross checking), 9:59. Williams, Sea (slashing), 13:29. Gricius, Por (checking to the head), 14:04.

Third period – 4, Portland, Mannek 5, 12:56. 5, Portland, Newkirk 14 (Fromm-Delorme, Quigley), 18:20 (en). Penalties – Gottfried, Sea (interference), 3:59. Mannek, Por (slashing), 19:00.

Shots on goal – Seattle 3-8-12 23, Portland 23-12-15 50. Goalies – Seattle, Ross 49 shots-46 saves (10-13-2-1); Portland, DiLauria 23-22 (2-2-0-2). Power plays – Seattle 1-4; Portland 0-4. Referees – Mark Pearce, Steve Papp. Linesmen – Michael Bean, Nathan Van Oosten.

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