PORTLAND — The Portland Winterhawks scored three goals in the third period on their way to a 4-1 victory Wednesday over the Tri-City Americans at the Moda Center.
The win evened the 10-game season series at 1-1. Portland will visit the Americans on Saturday.
Eric Comrie finished with 44 saves for the Americans (4-7-0-1), who failed to produce at the other end of the ice. Comrie had a combined 32 saves through the first two periods.
Holding on to a 1-0 lead after two periods, the Winterhawks (5-3-0-1) got a little breathing room early in the third as Adam Rossignol gathered a rebound off a shot by Derrick Pouliot and lifted the puck into the net at 4:14 for a 2-0 lead.
The Americans got on the board at 8:27 of the third as Phil Tot picked off a pass by Portland’s Adam DeChamplain at center ice, went in alone on Brendan Burke and scored his third goal of the season to pull Tri-City within 2-1.
Portland extended its lead to 3-1 at 15:37 of the third as Presten Kopeck took a pass from behind the net from Brendan Leipsic and scored his third of the season.
The Americans pulled Comrie with 2:45 left in the game for an extra attacker, but Oliver Bjorkstrand found the empty net for his 11th goal of the season at 18:50 to seal the victory.
The Winterhawks had 17 shots on goal and three power plays in the first period — including a 5-on-3 for 1:54 — but had just one goal to show for their efforts.
Leipsic scored just 3:31 into the game, then the Winter-hawks came up empty on three consecutive power plays.