Portland Cruises to 4-1 Victory Over Tri-City

John Allen

Kennewick, WA- Portland showed why they are the top team in the WHL.

The Portland Winterhawks (25-5-1-0, 51 pts) rebounded from the loss two nights ago and scored two early goals, allowing them to cruise through the rest of the game, handing the Tri-City Americans (18-12-1-1, 38 pts) a 4-1 loss in front of 3,973 fans at the Toyota Center.

The win is Portland’s fourth in a row at the Toyota Center and third in four contests against Tri-City.

Portland got on the board first midway through the first period on the power play as Nicolas Petan made a nice move to slip a backhand shot into the net for a 1-0 lead. Later in the period, the Winterhawks would make it 2-0 as Derrick Pouliot would fire a wrist shot from the point through traffic into the net. But Tri-City would get on the board a minute later as Beau McCue would tip in a rebound to cut the lead to one. Portland had a 10-5 shot advantage in the period and had the advantage in puck possession, and carried a one goal lead into the second.

The Winterhawks would push the lead back to two as Petan would score his second power play goal of the game on a 5-on-3. Seth Jones would score 20 seconds later on a one time slap shot into the top right corner of the net on the power play to make it 4-1. Tri-City was outshot 16-5 in the period with Portland controlling the puck for most of the period. Tri-City also allowed three power plays in the period, two of which were capitalized on, as the Americans had work to do in the third period.

Tri-City had their chances in the third period, but couldn’t seem to get anything going. They outshot the Winterhawks 11-6 in the first half of the third along with two power plays, but couldn’t capitalize on the opportunities. Tri-City outshot Portland 16-10 in the period and controlled the puck more throughout the period, but couldn’t get anything going as Brendan Burke stopped everything thrown his way down the stretch en route to the Winterhawk victory.

McCue continued his hot December by scoring tonight, bringing his total this month to four goals and an assist so far.

Eric Comrie made 32 saves in the loss while Burke made 25 saves in the win.

The Americans will regroup and look to get back in the win column when they take on the Everett Silverips (12-20-0-2, 26 pts) on Tuesday at the Toyota Center. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. Tri-City has won four of the five meetings between the two teams, although Everett won the last time they met 3-0 in the Toyota Center. Everett comes into the game last in the U.S. Division and in eighth place in the conference. NewsTalk 870 will broadcast the game beginning at 6:45 p.m. with the pregame show. WHL Live will stream the game online starting at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are still available at the Toyota Center Box Office, at and Fred Meyer outlet, at any Ticketmaster location or online at Ticketmaster.com.

Jack in the Box Three Stars:
1. Nicolas Petan, Portland

2. Derrick Pouliot, Portland
3. Beau McCue, Tri-City

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Playoff Stats

Goalie GP W SO GAA SV%
Eric Comrie 5 1 0 3.46 0.917
Evan Sarthou 0 0 0 0.00 0.000
Player G A PTS PIM
Jessey Astles 1 0 1 2
Parker Bowles 1 2 3 4
Brandon Carlo 0 1 1 8
Ty Comrie 0 0 0 0
Jordan Davies 0 0 0 0
Morgan Geekie 0 0 0 0
Matthew Gelinas 0 0 0 0
Justin Gutierrez 1 3 4 2
Justin Hamonic 1 0 1 6
Riley Hillis 0 0 0 0
Justin Marreck 0 0 0 0
Devon McAndrews 0 0 0 0
Beau McCue 0 1 1 0
Lucas Nickles 0 0 0 4
Jackson Playfair 0 0 0 2
Michal Plutnar 0 0 0 2
Braden Purtill 0 0 0 2
Rodney Southam 0 0 0 0
Josh Thrower 0 0 0 5
Mitch Topping 0 2 2 4
Philip Tot 3 4 7 0
Taylor Vickerman 0 0 0 0
Brian Williams 3 2 5 4
Parker Wotherspoon 0 2 2 2
Standings
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  • East Division |
  • U.S. Division |
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Kelowna Rockets 72 57 11 0 4 118
Victoria Royals 72 48 20 1 3 100
Vancouver Giants 72 32 29 7 4 75
Prince George Cougars 72 27 37 3 5 62
Kamloops Blazers 72 14 53 2 3 33
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Edmonton Oil Kings 72 50 19 2 1 103
Calgary Hitmen 72 48 17 3 4 103
Medicine Hat Tigers 72 44 24 3 1 92
Kootenay Ice 72 39 28 2 3 83
Red Deer Rebels 72 35 32 1 4 75
Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 12 55 2 3 29
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Regina Pats 72 39 26 4 3 85
Swift Current Broncos 72 38 25 3 6 85
Brandon Wheat Kings 72 34 29 6 3 77
Prince Albert Raiders 72 35 32 3 2 75
Moose Jaw Warriors 72 21 42 3 6 51
Saskatoon Blades 72 16 51 2 3 37
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Portland Winterhawks 72 54 13 2 3 113
Seattle Thunderbirds 72 41 25 2 4 88
Everett Silvertips 72 39 23 7 3 88
Spokane Chiefs 72 40 26 3 3 86
Tri-City Americans 72 29 33 4 6 68