The Portland Winterhawks scored four goals in the third period as they overcame a two-goal deficit to earn a 5-3 win over the Kamloops Blazers Friday in Game 1 of their second round playoff series in front of 6,109 fans at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Ty Rattie and Sven Bartschi picked up right where they left off in the first round sweep of Kelowna, as Rattie had two goals and two assists for four points, while Bartschi had one goal and three assists for four points.
Kamloops opened the scoring 24 seconds into the game when Matt Needham tipped in a shot from the point to give the Blazers a 1-0 lead. They made it 2-0 when Jordan DePape scored at the 7:56 mark, and while the Hawks held a 16-11 advantage in shots on goal in the frame it remained 2-0 going into the second.
The Hawks got on the board 5:41 into the second when Rattie fired a shot that beat Kamloops netminder Cole Cheveldave to cut the Blazers’ lead to 2-1. Kamloops regained a two-goal lead at the 9:11 mark when Chase Souto scored to make it 3-1, a score that would stand through the end of the period.
Down 3-1 midway through the third, the Hawks staged the big comeback to take the lead. It started when Bartschi and Rattie scored just 1:07 apart to tie the game at 3-3. Rattie’s goal was his second of the game and league-leading 12th of the playoffs. Then at the 14:47 mark with Portland on a power play, Brad Ross scored on a shot from the slot to give the Hawks a 4-3 lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Ross added a shorthanded goal into an empty net with 29.4 seconds left to seal the 5-3 win.
Mac Carruth earned the win with 26 saves on 29 shots.
The two teams will be back on the ice for Game 2 tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in Veterans Memorial Coliseum.