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Kambeitz scores winner as Thunderbirds halt 15-game winless streak

Sunday, 01.20.2013 / 2:04 AM / News

The Canadian Press

KENT, Wash. - Adam Kambeitz first goal with his new club proved to be the difference as the Seattle Thunderbirds halted a 15-game winless streak by defeating the visiting Portland Winterhawks 4-3 on Saturday in Western Hockey League action.

Kambeitz, who was acquired from the Saskatoon Blades on Jan. 10th., scored the winner at 9:40 of the third period.

The victory was the first for Seattle since beating the Everett Silvertips on Dec. 7th., as the club went 0-13-2 between wins. Despite going six weeks without a win, the Thunderbirds still hold onto the eighth and final play-off position in the Western Conference.

Connor Honey and Roberts Lipsbergs each had a goal and an assist for the Thunderbirds (17-26-2-1) while Seth Swenson chipped in with two assists.

Branden Troock scored a single goal to round out Seattle's offence.

Nicolas Petan and Brendan Leipsic had a goal and two assists apiece for the Winterhawks (37-6-2), who have dropped back-to-back contests since having their 14-game win streak snapped, and Ty Rattie scored the club's third goal.

Brandon Glover made 25 saves for the win as Brendan Burke turned away 35 shots in a losing cause.

Seattle went 0 for 1 on the power play while Portland failed to score on either of its chances with the man advantage.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round