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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

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Kambeitz scores winner as Thunderbirds halt 15-game winless streak

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.

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That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4