PORTLAND -- Nino Niederreiter scored off an assist from Ryan Johansen just 1:53 into overtime to give the host Portland Winterhawks a 5-4 Western Hockey League victory over the Tri-City Americans on Tuesday in front of 1,941 fans at the Memorial Coliseum.
After Johansen hit a goalpost in the extra frame, Niederreiter pounced on the rebound in the crease and put the puck past Tri-Cities goalie Drew Owsley to give the Winterhawks, who were missing numerous players, the come-from-behind victory.
The two Winterhawks worked together to tie the game late in the third period, with Johansen scoring his 20th goal of the season off a Niederreiter assist with 5:02 to play in regulation and forcing the overtime.
The Americans (27-12-2-1, 57 points) are now four points behind U.S. Division co-leaders Spokane and Portland.
Kruise Reddick scored two goals and had an assist for the Americans, while Carter Ashton and Brendan Shinnimin also added goals.
Mason Wilgosh picked up two assists for the Americans, while Ashton, Adam Hughesman, Justin Feser and Connor Rankin each had one.
Mac Carruth picked up the victory in net for the Winterhawks, stopping all but four of the 41 shots he faced from the Americans.
Owsley took the loss for Tri-City, surrendering the five goals while facing 43 shots.
Niederreiter, who was named the game's first star, finished with two goals and two assists.
Portland was shorthanded as defensemen Tyler Wotherspoon and Joe Morrow, and forwards Sven Bartschi and Ty Rattie are playing in the Top Prospects skills competition in Toronto.
Tri-City returns for a home game today against Kamloops.
The Americans are also at home Saturday against Everett, and Sunday against Kelowna -- that makes for a week of four games in six nights. The Sunday game starts at 5:05 p.m.