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Americans Late Rally Falls Short Against Winterhawks

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 Portland, OR- The Tri-City Americans (24-23-0-2, 50 pts) scored four goals in the third period, but the furious comeback attempt wasn't enough, as the Portland Winterhawks (28-19-0-3, 59 pts) held on for a 7-5 win in front of 8,277 at the Moda Center on Sunday night.  

It didn't take long for a goal to be put on the board, as Nic Petan scored 42 seconds into the game to put Portland ahead 1-0. Later in the period, the Americans evened the score as Ty Comrie put a shot in the back of the net. Three minutes later, the Winterhawks took the lead again as Oliver Bjorkstrand scored to make it 2-1 after the first period.

The second period was dominated by Portland, as Adam Henry scored midway through the second to put the Winterhawks up 3-1. Late in the period, the Winterhawks capitalized on a 5-on-3 power play as Paul Bittner scored to make it 4-1. In the final minute of the second, Alex Schoenborn was able to capitalize on a turnover and fire a shot into the net to increase the lead to 5-1 after two periods.

Early in the third period, Tri-City fought to get back into the game, as Parker Bowles scored 1:07 into the period to cut the lead to 5-2. Three minutes later, Justin Gutierrez found the back of the net to cut the lead to 5-3. The Americans continued to press to get within a goal, but Bjorkstrand scored his second goal of the game 14:39 into the third to push the lead to 6-3. But the Americans didn't give up, as Jordan Topping answered with a goal to make it a two goal game. With just over two minutes left in the third, Tri-City cut the lead to one goal after Tyler Sandhu scored, cutting the lead to 6-5 Winterhawks. The late effort wasn't enough, as Bjorkstrand finished off a hat-trick with an empty net goal to help Portland hang on for the win.

Tri-City snaps a two game win streak and has lost all four meetings against the Winterhawks this season.

Portland spent eight minutes in the penalty box and converted 1-of-6 chances on the power play, while Tri-City recorded 12 penalty minutes and was unable to score on any of its four power play chances.

Adin Hill stopped 27 shots in the win while Evan Sarthou made 38 saves in the loss. 
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