By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
In what looked to be a close game after the first period, turned into a rout by the end of the second — not quite what the Tri-City Americans had in mind.
The Portland Winterhawks scored seven unanswered goals in the second and third periods en route to a 8-1 win over the Americans before a crowd of 4,203 on Saturday night at Toyota Center.
“I thought the last 10 minutes of the first we played really well,” Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said. “We were on the forecheck, creating turnovers and getting some hits. We wanted to continue that, but we didn’t give ourselves much of a chance to start the second. Before we could even get a forecheck going, they had three goals.”
The Americans (5-8-0-1), who had won three in a row at home, are off until Tuesday when they host the Swift Current Broncos.
Portland (7-3-0-1), which ran its win streak to four games, outshot Tri-City 40-24, and got 23 saves from Brendan Burke.