Winterhawks shut down T-Birds, 3-0 | WHL

The Portland Winterhawks defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-0 Saturday night at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

The T-Birds are 32-16-2-3, fourth in the Western Conference playoff standings. They are two points behind Victoria and two points ahead Spokane.

The T-Birds face the Everett Silvertips at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday at the ShoWare Center.

Portland (36-12-2-3) took a 1-0 lead at 5:50 of the second period on a five-on-three power-play goal by Nic Petan. Petan finished off a passing play from Oliver Bjorkstrand and Derrick Pouliot.

The Winterhawks extended the lead to 2-0 with on an unassisted shorthanded goal by Adam Rossignol at 7:44 of the third period.

Bjorkstrand scored a power-play goal at 16:29 of the third to give the Winterhawks a 3-0 lead. Petan and Pouliot had the assists.

Seattle goalie Taran Kozun made 46 saves on 49 shots and his record is now 12-20-2-1. The loss was his first since joining the T-Birds at the trade deadline from the Kamloops Blazers.

Portland goalie Brendan Burke stopped 16 shots to get the win and shutout. His record is now 29-10-2-2.

T-Birds single game tickets for the 2013-14 season are available online at the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday game days at 10 a.m. and Sunday game days at noon.


First period - No scoring. Penalties - Price, Por (roughing), 7:06. Henry, Sea (roughing), 7:06. Henry, Sea (hooking), 9:16. Hickman, Sea (cross checking), 15:36. Troock, Sea (hooking), 18:40.

Second period - 1, Portland, Petan 28 (Bjorkstrand, Pouliot), 5:50 (pp). Penalties - Kolesar, Sea (major-fighting, game misconduct), 3:37. Smith, Sea (roughing), 5:20. Troock, Sea (roughing), 9:56.

Third period - 2, Portland, Rossignol 3, 7:44 (sh). 3, Portland, Bjorkstrand 37 (Petan, Pouliot), 16:39 (pp). Penalties - Yakubowksi, Sea (checking from behind), 3:35. De Leo, Por (holding), 6:03. Troock, Sea (slashing), 16:07. Haar, Por (hooking), 19:12.

Shots on goal - Seattle 8-2-6 16, Portland 11-22-16 49. Goalies - Seattle, Kozun 49 shots-46 saves (12-20-2-1); Portland, Burke 16-16 (29-10-2-2). Power plays - Seattle 0-2; Portland 2-8. A - 6,861. Referees - Curtis Marouelli, Derek Zalaski. Linesmen - Bevan Mills, Nathan Van Oosten.

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